Twenty years ago, Cascadia Times sued the Oregon DEQ for the release of public records showing massive air pollution from oil terminals in Northwest Portland. Seven oil companies joined the DEQ in the fight against our suit. 

In a ruling by the Oregon Attorney General in April 1998, they lost. The public's right to know what's in the air won.

It was a landmark decision that affirmed that industry could no longer claim that pollution records are confidential business secrets. And the fight for clean air in Oregon was born.

Read Bad Air Days, the May 1998 report in Cascadia Times that tells the history of the DEQ's failure to address air pollution in Portland

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