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House Testimony – Passed House
This bill as A Engrossed, adds fee schedule for business subject to federal operating permit program under Title V of federal Clean Air Act and a one-time supplemental fee. Authorizes the state to receive funds according to the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement and establishes grants and loans for diesel engine replacement or retrofit (similar to SB 1008).
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Any increased fees to business will raise the price to consumers. The increased fees has little possibility of reducing air pollution.
The new fees will be devastating to many Oregon businesses and communities expanding the air quality program, and places new burdens on the state’s budget threatening current and future manufacturing jobs. DEQ’s own two-year study concluded that industry is a minor source of air toxics concluding that industrial emissions are not in the top six sources of air toxics in the Portland area. The top six emission sources include things like wood stove smoke, vehicles, and lawn and garden equipment.
This bill is a significant threat to businesses and manufacturing jobs. The framework would add extremely restrictive new standards without providing corresponding benefits to community health including: more red tape and an expensive air emissions evaluation process, new standards that are roughly three times as stringent that can't be achieved, requiring computer modeling that is extremely conservative with unrealistic exposure assumptions, and ignores millions of capital investments businesses have invested to reduce air toxin.