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Oregon State Capitol building

DEQ is open for public comments on proposed rule amendments on 2023 High Hazard Rail Tank Fee

Jason Hammond Jan. 4, 2024

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has proposed permanent changes to OAR 340-141-0290, establishing a “per tank fee” on train cars carrying oil that enter the state. Under ORS 468B.435 (13)(c), a fee of up to $20 per car is authorized, to be paid by the owner of the crude oil; the DEQ’s proposed rule would establish a fee of $19 per car. DEQ has stated the fees would be used for railroad training exercises. DEQ is open for public comments on the proposed changes by email, post, and at a public hearing. Comments will be considered until January 22, 2024, at 4 pm.

Comments can be emailed to, and mailed to:

            Oregon DEQ

            Attn: Kyrion Gray/High Hazard Rail Planning Program

            700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600

            Portland, OR 97232-4100

The public hearing is on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, on Microsoft Teams at 10 am.

Teleconference phone number: +1 503-446-4951, 100054706# 
Phone Conference ID: 100 054 706# 
Meeting ID: 220 575 203 918 
Participant code: VYtUiL