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Toxics – I’ll be vigilant

by Jessica Vega Pederson

In Oregon, we value our natural legacy, and we want to pass it on to the next generation.

That’s why I’m thrilled we passed the Clean Electricity & Coal Transition Plan during the legislative session. With groundbreaking legislation increasing our mix of renewable energy, Oregon continues to be a model for our nation when it comes to curbing climate change.

As Chair of Oregon’s House Energy and Environment committee, I have fought for our future – and I won’t stop as your County Commissioner.

Like you, I am extremely concerned about the heavy metals and toxic emissions from glass companies and other industries throughout the Portland area. As a mother, there is nothing more terrifying than the thought of putting the health of my children at risk. Increased monitoring and health-based standards are important first steps, but we must be vigilant. I am committed to partnering with leaders from all levels of government to ensure that this never happens again.

I’ll continue to be on the frontlines of air quality and other environmental issues as County Commissioner – from improving energy efficiency in our homes and businesses, to fighting for equitable strategies for emission reductions.

Protecting our air, water, and land is critical for all of our families and our future as a community.

Posted on March 22, 2016.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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