Clean fuels supporters want to simplify Oregon's importing systems
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
Environmental groups and clean fuels advocates want the state to make it easier to bring alternative energy forms into the state.
The state’s Department of Environmental Quality is asking Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission this week to simplify reporting procedures for importers and Oregon producers of “finished” liquid transportation fuels. Such companies need to go through a lengthy paperwork process in order to do business within Oregon.
The DEQ is making the recommendations after input from the Clean Fuels Now Coalition, which features the Oregon Environmental Council, among other groups.
The EQC is meeting on Dec. 11 and 12 to examine new temporary rules.
The changes would make it easier for smaller businesses working in the clean fuels realm to bring their goods into Oregon.
“This is another positive step toward cleaner, abundant and more affordable domestic fuel use in Oregon,” said Gavin Carpenter, director of sales for SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel, in a release.
The Clean Fuels Program supporters still hope the program’s 2015 sunset can be extended. The sunset comes as efforts to steer oil companies toward reducing the gasoline and oil carbon emissions in items they sell. The program calls for those companies to cut carbon emissions by an average of 10 percent.
If fully implemented, the program will create market certainty for the growing clean fuels industry, which includes natural gas, biofuels, electricity and propane.
“DEQ has done a great job working with companies to identify what works and what doesn’t,” said Jana Gastellum, Oregon Environmental Council’s climate protection program director. “And these proposed changes are an excellent example of the agency streamlining the program for participants.”
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