VW Oregon

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EMT Fund

$79.9 million

Action Deadline(s)

Comments must be received by 5 PM January 16, 2018.

Request for Comments/Input

The state of Oregon submitted its request for designation as a Beneficiary of the VW Environmental Mitigation Funds by the December 1 deadline. The Trustee will announce final determinations on January 30, 2018.

The Oregon Legislature in 2017 authorized a focused project list looking only to upgrade or replace at least 450 older diesel school buses. Each Beneficiary must submit a Plan for use of the mitigation funds within 30 days prior to making the first funding request. To begin project work by early spring, DEQ is now posting its initial plan reflecting legislative direction for use of VW Environmental Mitigation Funds for public review and comment. This plan can be viewed here. Details are also provided for two public briefing/webinars to be held in the afternoon and evening of January 9, 2018 and other means to comment. Comments must be received by 5 PM January 16, 2018.

The plan describes the implementation of the legislatively authorized project scope. We anticipate the Oregon Legislature to provide direction and authorization of additional preferred uses in future legislative sessions.

Public meetings on the proposal will be held:

January 9, 2018, 3:00 PM
DEQ Conference Room 610 6th Floor
700 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, Oregon
AND
January 9, 2018, 6:30 PM
DEQ Conference Room 610 6th Floor
700 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, Oregon

These public briefings will also be webcast and accessible via this audio and web link:

Audio call: 877-402-9753
Access code 3360031
Web conference URL: https://www.connectmeeeting.att.com.
Access Code: 3360031

Comments may be submitted by email to ORVWMP@deq.state.or.us or by mail to

Kevin Downing
OR DEQ
700 NE Multnomah St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232.

Where to Send Comments

Comments may be submitted by email to ORVWMP@deq.state.or.us or by mail to:

Kevin Downing
OR DEQ
700 NE Multnomah St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232

NGVAmerica Comment Letters

Initial Comments, 4/2017 BMP Comments, 1/2018

Member Support Letter

Webinars, Meetings, Workshops

See above for details on the January 9th Public Meetings.
DEQ held two webinars on April 26, 2017. Both can be viewed on the web at this link, https://www.connectmeeeting.att.com Access Code: 3360031 Audio provided by phone 877-402-9753 Access code 3360031.

Website

Department of Environmental Quality

Legislative Proposals

Oregon SB1008. Appears to be extremely similar to SB 971. Includes authorization permitting the VW Settlement Funds to be deposited in the Clean Diesel Engine Fund and includes effort to replace 450 school buses, then focus on other on-road vehicles. Status: amended 4/24/17; public hearing and possible work session scheduled 5/17/17; work session scheduled 6/12/17, work session scheduled 6/21/17; amended 6/26/17, to Joint Committee on Ways and Means, assigned to Senate Subcommittee on Natural Resources, public hearing and work session scheduled for 6/29/17; passed Senate 7/5/17; passed House 7/7/17.

 

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