Or. Admin. R. 340-242-0240 - Are There Alternatives to Trip Reduction?

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.
(2) 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 reduction;
(b) Employer calculated equivalent emissions according to guidelines issued by the Department. The Department must approve any alternate or modified calculation methods;
(c) Employer submits, on the same schedule as the biennial survey findings, documentation of actual equivalent emissions achieved;
(d) Equivalent emission reductions may not be bought or sold between employers for the purpose of meeting the target trip reduction.
(3) Employers may contribute to an emission reduction fund at an annual rate of $100 per employee at the work site (see OAR 340-242-0060 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 340-200-0040.


Or. Admin. R. 340-242-0240
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. 4-12-07

Stat. Auth.: ORS 468.020

Stats. Implemented: ORS 468A.363

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