Community Partner

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

First Advisor

Alan Yeakley

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)


Environmental Science and Management




Pollutants -- Oregon -- Evaluation, Toxins -- Oregon -- Identification, Environmental toxicology -- Oregon, Pollution prevention -- Oregon




In an attempt to successfully address and reduce contamination from toxic chemicals and other pollutants in the Oregon environment, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is in the early stages of developing a comprehensive agency-wide toxics reduction plan. The plan seeks to find a more efficient, sustainable approach to addressing contaminants of concern to human and ecological health. Team Toxics, a work group compromised of members from various DEQ departments, has been created to collaborate and create the framework for developing these strategies. In summer 2009, Team Toxics was in the very early stages of development, and found the need to gather as much information as possible about each chemical on the focus list. This project began as an internship for DEQ, to help compile research on each of the focus list chemicals, and present it in a consolidated, efficient format, that would facilitate general discussions early in the process and direct DEQ to areas that may need additional research.

The goal of this project was to compile as much research as possible on each of the focus list chemicals. The information targeted in the research was data or literature describing sources that generate, use or release each chemical, the relative magnitude of those releases, and the presence of each chemical in the local environment. The data were compiled into two tables for each category: Sources and Pathways to the Environment and Environmental Presence. This standardized format provides an accessible, efficient way to assess the relative abundance of data in preparation for the development of the toxics reduction strategies for each chemical.


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A project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Management.

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