Alternatives to trip reduction include:
(1) Employers may purchase surplus trip
reductions from other employers required to comply with ECO to meet part or all
of the target trip reduction. Surplus trips must be documented by survey before
sale and must be maintained. The Department must approve proposed transactions
prior to finalizing. The Department will confirm surplus trip transactions by
letter to both employers.
Employers may substitute equivalent emission reductions to meet their target
trip reduction. Equivalent emission reduction proposals must be included in the
employer's trip reduction plan or submitted with the notice of intent to comply
without an approved plan. In order to receive credit as an equivalent emission
reduction, the Department must review and approve proposals before an employer
implements the strategy. Employers selecting equivalent emission reduction
strategies must meet the following requirements:
(a) Employer sufficiently documented emission
calculations so that the Department can quantify and verify the
(b) Employer calculated
equivalent emissions according to guidelines issued by the Department. The
Department must approve any alternate or modified calculation
(c) Employer submits, on
the same schedule as the biennial survey findings, documentation of actual
equivalent emissions achieved;
Equivalent emission reductions may not be bought or sold between employers for
the purpose of meeting the target trip reduction.
Employers may contribute to an emission
reduction fund at an annual rate of $100 per employee at the work site (see OAR
to determine count of employees). An employer making partial progress toward
the target trip reduction may choose to contribute proportionate to the
percentage of the target trip reduction yet to be achieved. The emission
reduction fund will be administered through Metro for new transit service,
local jurisdiction alternative mode projects, and business-based Transportation
Management Association (TMA) programs that result in trip reductions. Employers
must make annual payments over the compliance period. The amount will be
adjusted annually according to the Consumer Price Index.
NOTE: This rule is included in the State of Oregon
Clean Air Act Implementation Plan as adopted by the Environmental Quality
Commission under OAR
Or. Admin. R.
DEQ 17-1996, f. & cert.
ef. 8-14-96; DEQ 14-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-14-99, Renumbered from
340-030-1030; DEQ 3-2007, f. & cert. ef.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 468.020
Stats. Implemented: ORS