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Governor Kate Brown Signs Clean Fuels Bill

Thursday, March 12, 2015

 

On an unseasonably warm day, a controversial piece of environmental legislation that aims to reduce the amount of carbon in fuels was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown Thursday.

The Bill, SB 324, squeaked by in the House with a 31-29 vote, followed by calls from Republican electeds for Brown to veto the legislation. Oregon joins other west coast states and provinces including British Columbia, Washington and California in passing a clean fuels standard. 

Brown had previously indicated her support for the clean fuels program, which would require importers of fuel to reduce the "carbon content" of their fuels by 10 percent by the year 2025. 

“I strongly support SB 324’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Brown said in a statement issued Thursday. "It is difficult to deny that we are seeing the effects of a warming planet."

Brown wrote that the drought Oregon is experiencing has hit rural Oregonians the hardest. However, representatives from rural Oregon have spoken out about the challenges an increase in gas prices would cause for Oregonians living outside urban centers. 

The bill drew further scrutiny with the resignation of John Kitzhaber, over allegations of influence-peddling by his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, who worked as an environmental consultant for groups that sought to influence the government, while holding the position of First Lady in the governor's office. Whether Hayes had any direct influence on the bill is unclear, although some state legislators argued the allegations against her were cause to put the bill on hold. 

SB 324 made it through the House after more than five hours of debate. 

“I appreciate the years of work by countless Oregonians who helped develop this law, and I applaud the Oregon Legislature for its thorough examination of these issues," Brown said. "The work begins now to ensure this program is well implemented and well managed.”

 

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Jasper Wood Products LLC, Jasper

Total Penalty Amount: $21,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $9,600

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#19

RSC Dairy LLC, Tillamook

Total Penalty Amount: $24,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $12,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#18

Oak Lodge Sanitary District, Milwaukie

Total Penalty Amount: $27,250

Latest Penalty Amount: $6,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 

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#17

Forrest Paint Co., Eugene 

Total Penalty Amount: $29,400

Latest Penalty Amount: $3,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 1

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#16

East Side Plating Inc. Plants, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $3,222

Latest Penalty Amount: $19,800

Quarter Out of Compliance: 2

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#15

Darigold, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $42,496

Latest Penalty Amount: $42,496

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#14

Owens-Brockway Glass, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $43,200

Latest Penalty Amount: $8,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 11

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#13

Oregon Door Inc., Dillard

Total Penalty Amount: $50,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $50,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 12

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#12

Export Global Metals,  Hillsboro

Total Penalty Amount: $51,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $17,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#11

Crop Production Services, Tangent

Total Penalty Amount: $55,100

Latest Penalty Amount: $50,100

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#10

Kanto Corporation, Portland

Total Penalty Amount: $58,200

Latest Penalty Amount: $58,200

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

Photo Credit: Kanto Corporation website. 

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#9

Cascade Plating & Machine, Eugene

Total Penalty Amount: $61,200

Latest Penalty Amount: $20,400

Quarter Out of Compliance: 2

  

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#8

Gunderson Inc., Portland 

Total Penalty Amount: $66,222

Latest Penalty Amount: $8,800

Quarter Out of Compliance: 2

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#7

U.S. Army Umatillla Chemical Depot, Hermiston 

Total Penalty Amount: $89,840

Latest Penalty Amount: $5,600

Quarter Out of Compliance: 3

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#6

RSG Forest Products, Molalla

Total Penalty Amount: $108,400

Latest Penalty Amount: $108,400

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#5

Johnson Crushers International, Eugene

Total Penalty Amount: $174,778

Latest Penalty Amount: $147,778

Quarter Out of Compliance:

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#4

Jeld-Wen, Klamath Falls

Total Penalty Amount: $$231,640

Latest Penalty Amount: $120,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 12

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#3

Ash Grove Cement Co., Durkee

Total Penalty Amount: $398,279

Latest Penalty Amount: $398,279

Quarter Out of Compliance: 0

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#2

TDY Industries Inc., Albany 

Total Penalty Amount: $825,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $825,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 12

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ATI Allvac Albany Operations, Albany 

Total Penalty Amount: $2,475,000

Latest Penalty Amount: $825,000

Quarter Out of Compliance: 9

 
 

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