Department Of Environmental Quality Submits False Information During SB 324 Public Hearing

From Senaor Brian Boquist: Confusion Within Agency Creates Concern Over Representation Of Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program.
Salem, OR – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) admitted today that false information regarding SB 324, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program, was presented during yesterday’s public hearing on the bill in the House Committee on Energy and Environment. In an email sent to committee members at 5:03 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Palmer Mason, DEQ’s Legislative Coordinator, acknowledged that incorrect baseline carbon intensity values for the program were presented to the committee.The baseline carbon intensity values are used to determine how much blending needs to take place for the program. The higher the values, the less impact on fuel and fuel prices; as the values go lower, the greater the impact on fuel and fuel prices. Rep. Johnson questioned these specific baseline carbon intensity figures during Thursday’s public hearing on SB 324 but was assured by DEQ that the higher numbers they provided were correct. SB 324 passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Environment on a party-line vote. DEQ is one of eleven state agencies to receive a federal criminal subpoena for records and documents related to the investigations involving John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes.

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