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High Hazard Rail Tank Fee 2023

Proposed rule

Rulemaking contact: Kyrion Gray, 503-341-4538

This rulemaking is to fulfill DEQ's statutory obligation to establish a “per tank fee" on train cars filled with oil entering Oregon. This fee will fund a Public Safety Training Specialist position with Office of the State Fire Marshal to conduct drills and exercises with the High Hazard Rail Operators in Oregon. 

ORS 468B.435 (13)(c) authorizes a fee up to $20 per tank car to be paid by the owner of the crude oil that is being transported along the high hazard rail route in the state. DEQ proposes establishing a per tank car fee to be collected by the Department of Revenue. This will also be used to fund one full-time position within the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

DEQ convened an advisory committee to review the technical issues and fiscal impacts related to the proposed rules. In convening this committee, DEQ appointed members that reflect the range of entities that are both directly and indirectly affected by proposed changes to the rules.

Meeting, Oct. 9, 2023

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