On May 24th, 2019, Environment Oregon’s State Director Celeste Meiffren-Swango and Fellow John Ammondson were honored to stand with Governor Kate Brown as she signed the Oregon Environmental Protection Act into law.

This new law, backed by Environment Oregon and several other environmental organizations, prevents federal rollbacks of critical environmental protections, particularly for our air and water, from being enforced in Oregon. The Oregon Environmental Protection Act ensures that the federal environmental standards of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts that were in place and effective as of January 19, 2017, before President Trump took office, shall remain in effect and be enforceable under state law even if the federal government rolls back these standards.

These environmental protections are critical to ensuring clean air and clean water in our beautiful state, and we were happy to see this bill signed into law.