As the 2021 Legistlative Session in Oregon commences, we are committed to supporting ambitious environmental policy in order to make strides toward real change. Below are the three bills in Oregon which we are actively advocating for.
HB 2995: clean energy
“Requires 100 percent of electricity sold in 2035 and each subsequent calendar year to retail electricity consumers to be clean electricity. Accelerates deadline, to 2025, for electric companies to eliminate coal from electricity supply. Extends, to 2035, ad valorem property tax exemption for alternative energy systems. Requires systems constructed on or after January 1, 2022, to be constructed pursuant to project labor agreement to qualify for exemption. Removes electricity generated from direct combustion of municipal solid waste from qualifying electricity for purposes of renewable portfolio standards. Modifies requirements for community-based renewable energy projects.” To read more about HB 2995, click here.
HB 2365: single-use food service ware
“Prohibits food vendor from using single-use plastic food service ware when selling, serving or dispensing prepared food to consumer. Prohibits food vendor from providing food service ware intended for single use to consumer unless specifically requested and food service ware meets certain requirements. Requires specified restaurants and bed and breakfast facilities to be able to sanitize reusable food service ware on premises or at another location. Requires mobile units be able to sanitize reusable food service ware on premises or at another location. Prohibits sale or distribution of food service ware containing perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances.” To read more about HB 2365, click here.
HB 2815: recyclability of products
“Prohibits sale of products that make deceptive or misleading claims about recyclability. Directs Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules for products that make claims about recyclability. Permits Department of Environmental Quality or any other person to bring action enforcing prohibition on sale of deceptive or misleading products. Imposes civil penalty of up to $25,000 per day of violation of prohibition. Applies to products sold on or after January 1, 2023. Takes effect on 91st day after adjournment sine die.” To read more about HB 2815, click here.