Oregon Moves to Implement Greenhouse Gas Standards for Cars
August 31, 2005
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski initiated several actions on August 29th that will lead to new greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles sold within the state. The governor directed the state's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop administrative rules for such standards, and also issued his intent to veto a line in the DEQ budget that would have prevented the DEQ from developing the rules. The governor also announced the formation of a Vehicle Emissions Workgroup to help identify and address issues related to the rules. The governor's goal is for the new rules to set tailpipe emissions standards starting with the 2009 model year. See the governor's press release and the DEQ Web site.
Oregon's proposed standards will follow the lead of California, which approved its greenhouse gas standards in September 2004. Washington State adopted California's standards in May, contingent on Oregon also adopting the standards. So when Oregon's rules are in place, the entire West Coast will have the same greenhouse gas emissions standards in place for new vehicles. For background, see the articles from this newsletter on the California and Washington standards.