Rulemaking

Proposed rule

Rule contact:
Gerik Kransky, VW Mitigation Fund Analyst, 503-229-5177

Background

The 2019 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2007 authorizing the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules to implement an expanded diesel emissions reduction program with Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement funds. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality proposes to complete a rulemaking for the grant program to specify application requirements, project selection criteria, and other requirements included in statute.
 

Advisory committee

DEQ has formed a rulemaking advisory committee with the following goals:
  • Help clarify and interpret the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Grants in HB 2007
  • Make recommendation on basic program design
  • Consider eligibility and project selection criteria
  • Think about project solicitation processes and timing
  • Advise on what should go into rule versus program guidance
Policy guidance from Oregon Revised Statute, Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, and the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act will directly inform program rules. Rules may not conflict with this guidance.
 
Oregon's diesel emission reduction grant program is restricted by the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Settlement Agreement and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act requirements. This detailed comparison of both programs provides a sense of the maximum reimbursement amounts allowed for specific diesel owners, project types, and equipment types. Oregon’s grant program must comply with these requirements and will likely provide additional guidance based on the administrative rulemaking process and Environmental Quality Commission action.
 

Detailed Comparison of VW and DERA Programs

​​DEQ expects this rulemaking to include 3-5 committee meetings over a 6-8 month period beginning in early 2020 and ending with EQC action in the fall of 2020.

Meeting 2

May 26, 2020

Meeting materials

Meeting 1

March 9, 2020

Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. The public may attend the meeting, but the committee has discretion whether to allow the public to participate in the meeting. The public will be able to comment on the proposed rule changes during the public notice and comment period later in the rulemaking. DEQ publishes meeting notices on the state events calendar. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email  deqinfo@deq.state.or.us. Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

​Public involvement

There are no public involvement opportunities scheduled at this time.

 

EQC action

The meeting date has not yet been set.


 

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