DEQ seeks input on facility permit
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is inviting the public to submit written comments on an air quality permit proposed by Fleetwood Homes, a manufactured home company that operates a plant in Woodburn.
The proposed permit, which allows the facility to emit volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants and requires the facility to monitor pollutants, would replace an existing permit issued in May 2012.
According to the permit application, existing air contaminant sources include the plant's use of various adhesives, sealants, cleaners, solvents and paints; the frame welding process; and the plant's wood sawing and cutting activities.
According to permit documents, a June 21, 2016 inspection of the facility, located at 2655 Progress Way, found the Woodburn facility to be in compliance with permit conditions. No DEQ complaints have been recorded at the facility.
A separate state agency has accused the plant of having an unsafe work environment in years past, though for reasons unrelated to air contaminants. The Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Division fined the company $75,000 in 2015, alleging that the plant did not provide fall protection to workers after beginning construction on a line of new, taller mobile homes the year before — even after concerns were repeatedly brought forward by employees and a state inspector.