Or. Admin. R. 340-242-0270 - Are Exemptions Allowed if an Employer is Unable to Reduce Trips or Take Advantage of Alternate Compliance Options?

(1) An employer is fully exempt from OAR 340-242-0010 through 340-242-0290 if the employer submits reasonable documentation for each of the following:
(a) Work site is located in an area for which:
(A) Public transit service during work shift changes is less frequent than thirty minute intervals; or
(B) The public transit service point is further than one-half mile from employee's usual parking area; or
(C) Work shift changes occur between 8:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m..
(b) Upon completing the employee survey and providing reasonable promotion for a carpool matching program, employees indicating a willingness to car/vanpool cannot be matched within the work site or through Tri-Met's carpool matching database or employee turnover rate is greater than 50 percent per year;
(c) The nature of employees' work requires them to perform their work at the work site or during specific hours and days, eliminating the possibility of telecommuting or compressed work weeks/hours; and
(d) No options exist for the employer to achieve equivalent emission reductions at no net annualized cost to the employer (including both capital and operating costs).
(2) Partial exemptions.
(a) The Department will grant a partial exemption for that portion of an employer's work force for which sections (1)(a) through (c) of this rule apply;
(b) The Department will grant a partial exemption for section (1)(d) of this rule in direct proportion to the remaining work trips to be reduced after quantifying all available equivalent emission reductions.
(3) Employers must submit requests for partial or total exemptions to the Department, on application forms provided by the Department, by the deadline for plan or notice submittal. The Department will approve or deny the employer's request for exemption by letter to the employer. If the employer objects to any condition or limitation in that letter, the employer may request a contested case hearing as described in OAR 340-242-0170.
(4) Employers must renew requests for exemptions every three years.

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. 340-242-0270
DEQ 17-1996, f. & cert. ef. 8-14-96; DEQ 14-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-14-99, Renumbered from 340-030-1060; DEQ 3-2007, f. & cert. ef. 4-12-07

Stat. Auth.: ORS 468.020

Stats. Implemented: ORS 468A.363

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