DEQ is initiating the process to begin development of rules for a new program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from some of the most significant sources in Oregon, including large stationary sources (e.g., facilities and manufacturing), transportation fuels (e.g., gasoline and diesel), and other liquid and gaseous fuels (e.g., propane and natural gas used for space heating). To support this undertaking, DEQ will convene a Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC), which is a required element of rulemaking and will provide DEQ with diverse perspectives on policy proposals, including environmental justice impacts, fiscal impacts and public health implications.
DEQ expects the RAC to meet regularly beginning in January 2021. DEQ anticipates at least six or more meetings through the late summer in order for DEQ to propose rules to the Environmental Quality Commission by the end of 2021. Additional meetings may be needed from workgroups or subgroups that focus on specific parts to the proposed rules. RAC meetings will be open for the public to attend. RAC members or their designated alternate are asked to attend all meetings and actively participate in the discussion.
The work of the committee will include:
- Making recommendations on program and policy options
- Reviewing, evaluating and suggesting draft rule language
- Evaluating the fiscal, environmental and public health implications of draft rules
DEQ will ask for input from each individual committee member and assess the committee’s overall level of support or concern with proposed policy concepts, but does not expect to seek consensus recommendations from the committee. RAC discussions will inform the development of draft rules, which will then be proposed through public notice for broader public review and comment as part of the rulemaking process.
How to apply
DEQ will develop a proposed RAC roster through an open application process. Applicants are invited to submit a statement of interest to CapandReduce@deq.state.or.us by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. DEQ will assemble the statements, and present them to the Environmental Quality Commission at its November 2020 meeting, along with a recommended roster for the RAC.
Statements of interest should include the following information:
- Name and description of organizations applicant is representing on the RAC, including any other affiliations applicant represents that may be impacted by proposed rules
- A short description of what expertise, experience (including community or lived experience), and skills applicant would bring to the RAC
- A short description of past experience, if any, applicant has participating on committees, such as neighborhood associations, local school committees, parent associations, community organizations, local government planning committees, or other civic organizations
- What resources are needed for applicant to participate effectively, such as a stipend, child care, physical accommodations, or language assistance, so DEQ can provide RAC members with appropriate resources and support
- Any other information the applicant believes the commission should consider in creating a diverse and representative RAC
- An optional alternative person that could participate on the RAC in the applicant’s place
DEQ has suggested to the EQC that the following perspectives are especially important to include on the RAC:
- Tribal interests
- Environmental justice communities
- Large stationary sources
- Natural gas suppliers
- Non-natural gas liquid/gaseous fuel suppliers
- Transportation fuel suppliers
- Environmental organizations
- Business organizations
- Local governments
- Public health organizations
Additional perspectives that stakeholders have suggested to DEQ would be valuable on the RAC include:
- Labor groups
- Climate scientists
- Expertise in greenhouse gas reduction policies
- Expertise in natural and working lands
DEQ is actively exploring strategies to remove barriers and encourage participation by individuals from environmental justice and impacted communities. DEQ has identified funding to help support these individuals’ participation on the RAC and is in the process of determining how this funding can best be distributed to enable their participation. This funding may include stipends for advisory committee participation, direct engagement by DEQ at regular meetings of community and environmental justice organizations, and ensuring that committee materials are provided in plain language and accessible formats whenever possible.