Many community organizations in Oregon have made advancing clean air solutions a top priority and are doing critical work to make sure we get a strong diesel policy in this legislative session. Many of these groups have worked tirelessly to ensure that Oregon decision-makers understand the effects of diesel on our health, hear from environmental justice communities where diesel exposure is highest, and explore solutions that will protect health. Today, these groups are joined by emerging neighborhood-based advocates as part of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance Clean Air Workgroup to ask our legislators to fight for a stronger bill that puts people over polluters. We thank everyone fighting with us to tackle air pollution to improve public health and asking for the strongest diesel policy possible.
HB 2007 – the diesel bill – is headed for a work session on April 4 at 1 pm in the Committee on Energy and Environment. If passed by committee it will head to another committee in where amendments will be work out more in depth.
This work session is open to the public, but is not an opportunity for public verbal testimony. You can see the work session online here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/
Before this session, we need to flood the committee with comments about the amendments we want to see! If you haven’t submitted your testimony you can do so now. Please help us push for the strongest bill we can.
Here are the amendments OJTA Clean Air Workgroup partners believe are necessary to strengthen the bill:
- Shorten the deadline for compliance from 2029 to 2023, matching California’s program and halting the addition of old engines to Oregon’s roads. We cannot wait until 2029.
- Close the loophole on zombie (“glider”) trucks: we want to ensure all vehicles of the same model year are held to the same standard–even if old engines are put into new truck bodies.
- 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 manufacture on the side of each cab.
- Ensure the phase-in schedule prioritizes implementation in the areas of greatest concern: areas where the most sensitive populations live, where there is the greatest pollution, and where the most people are exposed.
- Ensure compliance mechanisms do not prevent emission reductions in the areas of greatest concern.
Please refer to our talking points and testimony guide if you need help drafting your comments. The committee remains the same. You can reach out to Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tori at email@example.com with questions.