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The History of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program

EQC Considers Adoption  |  Public Comment Period  |  Fiscal Advisory Committee  |  Information Workshop  |  Direction from the Governor's Office  | Final Report  |  Who Was Involved?

The 2009 Oregon Legislature asked DEQ to create a program that would reduce greenhouse gases from transportation fuels in Oregon through the passage of House Bill 2186. DEQ developed the Oregon Clean Fuels program with assistance from a broad base of industry and environmental interests; other local, regional and state agencies and experts in the fields of transportation and economic analysis.

EQC Approves Improvements to the Oregon Clean Fuels Program

On Dec. 11, 2013, the Environmental Quality Commission voted unanimously to adopt temporary rule changes to the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, eliminating unnecessary requirements.

Workshop Materials

DEQ, the Western States Petroleum Association and the Oregon Petroleum Association hosted a workshop to discuss implementation of Phase 1 of the Clean Fuels Program on April 12, 2013. Access the presentation materials and a meeting summary.

DEQ hosted a workshop in Pendleton on June 5, 2013. Access the presentation materials.

DEQ hosted a workshop in Portland on June 18, 2013. Access the presentation materials, attendance sheet and meeting summary here.

2013 Legislature

Senate Bill 488 was introduced in the 2013 legislative session to remove a Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date of the Clean Fuels program. The bill did not pass and the sunset date remains.

EQC Considers Adoption of the First Phase of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program

On Dec. 7, 2012, the Environmental Quality commission voted 4-1 to adopt rules for the first phase of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. The proposed rulemaking package included:

The EQC voted 4 – 1 to adopt DEQ’s recommendation.

Public Comment Period

Draft rules were posted for public comment from July 20 through August 31, 2012. A public hearing was hosted by the Environmental Quality Commission on August 24, 2012. The comment period for the proposed Oregon Clean Fuels Program rulemaking closed on August 31, 2012. If you would like to view all of the comments received, see the documents below.

    MP3 Audio files from the August 24, 2012, EQC Public Hearing

Fiscal Advisory Committee

DEQ engaged potential regulated parties to gather input on the estimated economic and fiscal impacts of complying with the draft preliminary rules.


May 30, 2012
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DEQ Headquarters
811 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR


Draft – Oregon Clean Fuels Program Fiscal Advisory Committee Charter
Draft – Statement of Need and Fiscal and Economic Impacts
Excerpts of the draft rules for the Phase 1 requirements

Follow up

Meeting Summary

Information Workshop

DEQ invited potential regulated parties, a wide range of fuel users, local governments and other interested stakeholders for a briefing on the draft preliminary rules.


May 10, 2012
1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
DEQ Northwest Region
2020 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97201


Working Draft Rules of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program
Policy Issues Crosswalk

Direction from Governor’s Office

In April 2012, Governor Kitzhaber asked DEQ to begin the rulemaking process for the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. DEQ invited interested parties to attend a briefing hosted by Richard Whitman, Governor’s Office Natural Resources Policy Director, and Dick Pedersen, DEQ Director.


April 19, 2012
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
EPA’s Oregon Operations Office
805 SW Broadway, 5th floor
Portland, OR 97204


Proposed Timeline
Fact sheet
Letter from Oregon Governor


Meeting Summary

DEQ’s Final Report

 DEQ staff assembled a final report to document the advisory committee process and to provide staff’s recommendations for the design of the program.

DEQ used the committee's final report as well as input from additional stakeholder outreach conducted in 2011 to draft preliminary rules for the program.

Who was involved in the Program's development?

DEQ convened a 29-member advisory committee whose objective was to help DEQ design a program that reflects the best approach for Oregon and is consistent with HB 2186, effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, flexible for regulated parties, and realistic to implement. The advisory committee met 13 times throughout 2010 to make recommendations on program features and analyze the economic impact of implementing a clean fuels program for Oregon. At the conclusion of the advisory committee in 2010, DEQ asked members to provide their final thoughts on the advisory committee process.

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