March 02, 2010

By Jennifer Cassel

On March 18 and 19, 2010, Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) of Oregon and Governor Christine Gregoire (D) of Washington signed bills which pave the way for greater information about and potential reductions of GHG emissions in their states.  The Oregon bill, S.B. 1059a, directs the Oregon Transportation Commission to “adopt a statewide transportation strategy on [GHG] emissions…,” including establishing guidelines for developing land use and transportation alternatives that would decrease GHG emissions and creating a program to assist local governments in reducing GHG emissions from vehicles.  The bill also calls for the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation to educate the public about the need to reduce GHG emissions from vehicles and other sources.  Those two agencies are to report back to Congress on the financing needed to implement the bill’s directives, as well as the progress made in achieving them.

The Washington legislation, SSB 6373, modifies the state’s GHG reporting requirements so that they align more closely with the requirements established by the U.S. EPA in September 2009.  In contrast to EPA’s requirements, however, Washington will require reporting from any source that emits greater than 10,000 metric tons per year of carbon dioxide equivalent (“CO2-e”), rather than the limited type of sources that are required to report if their emissions equal or exceed 25,000 tpy of CO2-e under the EPA rule. 

Oregon’s S.B. 1059a is available at

Washington’s SSB 6373 is available at