Objective: Support legislation and state funding to reduce toxic air emissions and improve air quality for Oregonians.
Issue: According to DEQ, each ton of diesel particulate matter emissions released in Portland results in almost $400,000 in environmental and public health costs. North Portland has the highest level of diesel particulate matter in the state, nearly 20 times the health standard.
What's In The Bill: The current bill, HB 2007 includes the following:
- PHASE OUT OLD ON-ROAD ENGINES: Directs the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) to adopt diesel engine emission standards for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and buses. All truck and bus engines registered in Oregon will be required to have a 2010 model year or newer engine by 2029. We are advocating for a shorter timeline, to match California’s 2023 deadline for compliance. The rules the EQC adopts will create a phase-in schedule and allow for compliance options, such as engine retrofits, flexibility for small fleets, and a fleet averaging option. Off-road engines like construction equipment will not be required to meet engine standards. Agricultural equipment is exempt from this bill.
- STOP THE ADDITION OF OLD TRUCKS TO FLEETS: The bill directs the EQC to adopt a date by which no fleet can purchase a truck that runs an old diesel engines
- ENFORCEMENT: All trucks in the state (including those driving through) will be required to provide evidence that their truck meets federal emissions standards applicable to the model year of that heavy-duty engine. The EQC will develop a program for inspecting trucks.
- CLEAN DIESEL DURING CONSTRUCTION: For any public improvement project funded by state bonds of $20 million or more, at least 80% of the vehicles and equipment used on the construction site must be powered by clean diesel engines. In developing the rules for these contract specification, the EQC must consider how to assist disadvantaged business enterprises, minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and businesses owned by service-disabled veterans
- VW SETTLEMENT FUNDS: The remaining VW Settlement Funds will be made eligible to replace diesel engines that are 2009 or older, both on-road (e.g., trucks) and non-road (e.g., construction equipment). Preference will be given to projects that benefit sensitive populations or areas with elevated levels of diesel particulate matter; have support from the community; are carried out by disadvantaged business enterprises; involve small fleets; utilize clean fuels; maximize cost effectiveness of emissions reductions; and do not reward clean up that would otherwise occur without supplemental funding.
- ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR DIESEL CLEAN-UP: The bill appoints a task force to find public funding to support businesses in cleaning up diesel. The “Supporting Businesses in Reducing Diesel Emissions Task Force” will make its recommendations by September 15, 2020.
- IDLING: The bill will allow local governments to adopt anti-idling regulations for commercial vehicles, repealing the current state preemption.
Note: This section of the bill could be strengthened by
- matching the deadline as California's truck and bus rule, which requires 2010 model year engines or equivalent by 2023. We cannot wait until 2029.
- closing the loophole on zombie (“glider”) trucks: we want to ensure all vehicles of the same model year are held to the same standard--even if old engines are put into new truck bodies.
- incorporating a sticker registration program for all engines: the bill should require vehicle owners or operators to visibly display both the year of cab manufacture and the year of engine manufacture on the side of each cab.
- ensuring the phase-in schedule prioritizes implementation in the areas of greatest concern (where the most sensitive populations live, where there is the greatest pollution, and where the most people are exposed);
- ensuring the compliance mechanisms do not result in fewer emission reductions in the areas of greatest concern;
Action Alert: HB 2007 Work Session, Testimony Needed
HB 2007 is headed for a work session on April 4 at 1 pm. If passed by committee it will head to another committee in where amendments will be work out more in depth.
This work session is open to the public, but is not an opportunity for verbal public testimony. You can see the work session HERE
Before this session, we need to flood the committee with comments about the amendments we want to see!
Please help us push for the strongest bill possible to make sure our communities can benefit from this policy.
Here are the amendments necessary to strengthen the bill:
- Shorten the deadline for compliance from 2029 to 2023, matching California’s program and halting the addition of old engines to Oregon’s roads. We cannot wait until 2029.
- Closing the loophole on zombie (“glider”) trucks: we want to ensure all vehicles of the same model year are held to the same standard--even if old engines are put into new truck bodies.
- Incorporating a sticker registration program for all engines, requiring vehicle operators to visibly display both the year of cab manufacture and the year of engine manufacture on the side of each cab.
- Ensuring the phase-in schedule prioritizes implementation in the areas of greatest concern (where the most sensitive populations live, where there is the greatest pollution, and where the most people are exposed).
- Ensuring the compliance mechanisms do not result in fewer emission reductions in the areas of greatest concern.
With your help, we can push for the prioritization of people over profit. Please refer to our talking points and testimony guide if you need help drafting your comments. You can reach out to Maria at email@example.com or Tori at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
#CLEANAIRNOW HB 2007 Public Hearing
On Tuesday March 19th and Thursday March 21st, advocates showed that diesel is an issue that must be tackle this year in the legislature. The message was clear, we cannot wait one more year to protect the health of our communities and that addressing climate issues requires a comprehensive approach and not just one bill. We must tackle NOx and not only CO2.
During the hearings we hear from advocates working in environmental justice, health, education, faith leaders, environment and many more who call upon members of the committee to consider the amendments that the Oregon Just Transition Alliance Clean Air Workgroup calls for.
Thank you, to everyone who came and submitted testimony online. You can read those HERE.