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HB2007 Diesel Bill Hearing on Tuesday, March 19th

March 14, 2019

As we wrap up our Deconstructing Diesel publication on legal and policy pathways for reducing diesel emissions in the Portland Metropolitan area (coming soon), we are also closely following proposed legislation in the statehouse for regulating diesel engines statewide.

 

House Bill 2007 (HB2007) would direct the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) to:

  • Phase out old diesel engines by requiring a 2010 model year or newer engine in regulated trucks by 2029,
  • Adopt rules to prohibit regulated entities from adding trucks with older engines to their fleets, and
  • Adopt an inspection and emission control label program to determine whether trucks entering the state comply with federal standards.

The proposed bill also:

  • Repeals state preemption of local regulation of idling by primary engines in commercial vehicles;
  • Requires certain public improvement contracts to require, when applicable, the use of diesel engines of model years 2010 or newer beginning in January 2020; and
  • Establishes the Supporting Businesses in Reducing Diesel Emissions Task Force to consider funding strategies for supporting businesses to reduce emissions from diesel engines and the development of a voluntary program for nonroad diesel engines to demonstrate compliance with federal standards.

A hearing for the bill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th at 1:00 pm in Salem. We invite you to submit comments in person or online.

We support our partners in the community in supporting the bill and advocating for the following amendments:

  • Match California’s deadline for compliance, which requires 2010 model year engines or equivalent by 2023,
  • Ensure that “glider” trucks, which are new truck cabs with used diesel engines, are covered by diesel emissions regulations with the same stringency as other medium- and heavy-duty trucks,
  • Incorporate a sticker registration program for all engines, requiring vehicle operators to visibly display both the year of cab manufacture and the year of engine manufacturer on the side of each cab,
  • Ensure the phase-in schedule prioritizes implementation in geographic areas of greatest concern (where sensitive populations are exposed, high concentrations of pollution exist, where the highest number of individuals are exposed), and
  • Ensure the alternative compliance mechanisms (exemptions, deadline extensions, fleet averaging, etc.) do not result in fewer emissions reductions in the areas of greatest concern.

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