Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Air Quality in Oregon and CARB Requirements


Currently, 16 other states have either adopted, or are in the process of adopting, California's strict emissions standards and in turn controlling the emissions required on any new vehicle registered in the states listed.  These states include New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Florida, and several others. The states didn't all commit at the same time; the states have been subscribing to the CARB requirements and slowly converting.  

The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Program is to preserve and enhance Oregon's air quality to support healthy, clean air for all Oregonians.  Ford Motor Company provides a full line of Alternative Fuel vehicles to serve businesses of all sizes.  As a Oregon Ford Dealership, Gresham Ford Fleet has excelled as the Preferred Fleet Dealer of the northwest including Washington, Idaho and Northern California.  The Air Quality Program protects Oregon's air through program planning development and guidance, industrial source control, major new source review, coordination of permit and plan review programs, data analysis and reporting, and regulation.  The State of Oregon and Portland specifically is know for being a green city lead by a green minded government.  

The program includes the Air Quality Division (headquarters), five Air Quality Sections in the regional divisions, and the Air Quality Monitoring Section at the Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division.  Nearly a third of Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions come from burning gasoline and diesel in our cars and trucks. To meet Oregon's greenhouse gas reduction goals, the state is exploring many approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes encouraging less driving and developing new technologies such as cleaner vehicles and fuels that reduce emissions while spurring job growth and other economic opportunities.  Gresham Ford Fleet offers a full line of alternative fuel vehicles including bi-fuel options for propane, natural gas and E85.  Two DEQ programs support these goals - the Low Emission Vehicle Program, which focuses on reducing emissions by increasing vehicle mileage, and the Clean Fuels Program, which focuses on decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions from fuel.  Gresham Ford is a certified Green Business with the City of Gresham and is dedicated to a sustainable future for Oregon.  Gresham Ford Fleet continues to provide Oregon business owners with alternative fuel options that make sense financially.  With gasoline hovering around $4 and propane staying around $3 and natural gas at a little over $1 the savings of a green conversion can be realized fairly quickly depending on the miles driven.  Contact Gresham Ford Fleet in Oregon to request your own FREE green conversion report to see the possible savings of emissions and fuel expenses alike.  

Under the Clean Air Act, only California is allowed to set vehicle emission limits that are tighter than federal standards. However, after such standards are adopted, Oregon and other states may opt in to the same requirements. Oregon first adopted California Low Emission Vehicle standards in 2005 at the request of former Governor Kulongoski to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of new light duty cars and trucks sold in Oregon.  Gresham Ford has worked with municipal and commercial buyers to ease the burden of reduced emissions.  Education is the key to making the green transition smooth and seamless.  With the addition of LPG (Liquefied Propane Gas) Gresham Ford Fleet is even better prepared with trucks and vans that provide the same if not more horsepower at a substantially less cost.  The maintenance of propane vehicles is also less because it burns so much cleaner than diesel or gasoline - think of it as no gunk.