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Clean Air Protection Fee

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The Clean Air Protection Fee would establish a tiered fee on facilities that generate substantial hazardous air pollution locally.

The Clean Air Protection Fee would establish a tiered fee ($15,000/$25,000/$40,000) on facilities that generate substantial hazardous air pollution locally and are therefore required to hold Simple Air Contaminant Discharge Permits, Standard Air Contaminant Discharge Permits, or Title V Permits from the Oregon DEQ.

View the Proposed Ordinance and Exhibits:

Based on publicly available 2019 data, approximately 72 facilities located in Portland hold these specific permits:

Permittees range from the largest industrial facilities and fuel terminals to institutional campuses and large commercial facilities with back-up electric power generators. Of the 35 facilities in Portland that report GHG emissions, initial research suggests that approximately 26 also hold air emissions permits. 

What would the Clean Air Protection Fee support? 

The proposal for a Clean Air Protection Fee would generate approximately $2 million annually to invest in pollution reduction programs with a focus on environmental justice.  

Revenue generated from a Clean Air Protection Fee will be used to: 

  • Better understand how levels of air pollution vary within the city and how that exposure impacts Portland residents, especially Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, to inform and prioritize action plans that protect the most marginalized and health impaired in the community, including helping to provide resources to communities to protect themselves from poor air quality.   

  • Working with community and business partners and other jurisdictional leaders, like Multnomah County and DEQ, the City will develop and manage programs that reduce exposure to air pollution from motor vehicles, construction equipment, residential wood combustion, wildfire events and heat, with a priority focused on the most marginalized and impacted communities.  

  • Working with Multnomah County, City bureaus and community partners, develop a program to inform Portland residents about ways to protect themselves from poor air quality and implement a plan to protect the most vulnerable from bad air quality days, such as through expanding access to air filtration systems, and safe and cooling community centers for heat and wildfire events, especially in East Portland.