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2019: Time to clean up diesel with HB2007

The time to pass a strong bill that truly protects public health and Oregonians from diesel pollution is now.
HB 2007 is the right step forward. We will continue to advocate for amendments to make the bill stronger.

Diesel pollution is one of Oregon’s greatest toxic air pollution problems, costing us billions in lost lives and health care costs across the state. Years ago, Oregon set a goal of reducing diesel pollution to meet the state’s health benchmark. Today, we are only 2% of the way towards achieving our goal. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Vastly cleaner engines have been available for a decade. It’s time to get serious about addressing dirty diesel with HB 2007.

THE 2019 BILL TO ADDRESS DIRTY DIESEL (HB2007) PROPOSES TO:

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. (California’s deadline is 2023)

  • The rules that 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 engine.

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.

HB 2007 is a strong bill, and it would be far more health-protective if it:

  • Set an earlier deadline for retiring old truck and bus engines. California started the clock ticking in 2013, requiring the oldest engines to be cleaner by 2015. All of California’s trucks and buses will meet 2010 model year standards by 2023. Oregon’s fleet will be even older and dirtier than California’s when our clock starts ticking, which demands faster action.
  • Directed the EQC to start working on developing a sticker program right away, rather than waiting for task force recommendations.
  • Ensured all vehicles of the same model year are held to the same standard—even if old engines are put into new truck bodies.
Add your voice to support for strong action on diesel in 2019: