BOARDMAN — Lamb Weston wants to update its air pollution permit for its Boardman potato processing plant to discharge 36 percent more volatile organic compounds a year. The public has until Sept. 11 to comment on the proposal.

VOCs are organic compounds that combine with other elements in the atmosphere to cause ozone or smog. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality allows the Lamb Weston plant at 750 Columbia Ave. N.E.. Boardman, to discharge up to 39 tons of VOCs a year. That permit is five years old. The company is renewing the permit and wants to discharge up to 53 tons of volatile organic compounds a year.

Lamb Weston has upgraded the plant with new equipment and processing lines since the DEQ issued the permit in 2012. The new permit would reflect those changes.

The DEQ announced the public can submit comments for the record regarding the air quality permit renewal by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11. The public can send those comments to: Nancy Swofford, Permit Coordinator, 475 N.E. Bellevue Dr., Suite 110, Bend, OR 97701. Email:

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