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The Fleetwood Homes plant in Woodburn is looking to renew its air quality 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.

To view the draft permit and related documents, go to DEQ's "Public Notices" page. To submit comments for the public record, send them to Patty Hamman, air quality permit coordinator, by mail to 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem, OR 97302, by fax to 503-378-4196 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Julia Comnes covers all things Woodburn. She can be reached at 503-765-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..