Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Rule Rule 340-253-0600
Records


(1)

Records Retention. Regulated parties, credit generators, and aggregators must retain the following records for at least seven years:

(a)

Product transfer documents as described in section (2);

(b)

Records related to obtaining a carbon intensity described in OAR 340-253-0450 (Obtaining a Carbon Intensity);

(c)

Copies of all data and reports submitted to DEQ;

(d)

Records related to each fuel transaction;

(e)

Records used for compliance or credit calculations;

(f)

Records used to establish that feedstocks are specified source feedstocks; and

(g)

Records related to third-party verification, if required under OAR 340-253-0700 (Third Party Verification Requirements).

(2)

Documenting Fuel Transactions. A product transfer document must prominently state the information specified below.

(a)

Transferor company name, address, and contact information;

(b)

Recipient company name, address, and contact information;

(c)

Transaction date;

(d)

Fuel pathway code;

(e)

Carbon intensity;

(f)

Volume/amount;

(g)

A statement identifying whether the transferor or the recipient has the compliance obligation; and

(h)

The EPA fuel production company identification number and facility identification number as registered with the RFS program.

(3)

For transactions of clear and blended gasoline and diesel below the rack where the fuel is not destined for export, only the records described in subsections (2)(a), (b), (c), (f), and (g) are required to be retained.

(4)

Documenting Credit Transactions. Regulated parties, credit generators, and aggregators must retain the following records related to all credit transactions for at least seven years:

(a)

The contract under which the credits were transferred;

(b)

Documentation on any other commodity trades or contracts between the two parties conducting the transfer that are related to the credit transfer in any way; and

(c)

Any other records relating to the credit transaction, including the records of all related financial transactions.

(5)

Review. All data, records, and calculations used by a regulated party, a credit generator, or an aggregator to comply with OAR chapter 340, division 253 are subject to inspection and verification by DEQ. Regulated parties, credit generators, and aggregators must provide records retained under this rule within 60 days after the date DEQ requests a review of the records, unless DEQ specifies otherwise.

(6)

Initial 2016 Inventory. All regulated fuels held in bulk storage in the state on January 1, 2016 are subject to the program and must be reported as the initial inventory of fuels by regulated parties.

(7)

Information exempt from disclosure. Pursuant to the provisions of the Oregon public records law, ORS 192.410 to 192.505, all information submitted to DEQ is subject to inspection upon request by any person unless such information is determined to be exempt from disclosure under the Oregon public records law or other applicable Oregon law.

(8)

Attestations regarding environmental attributes.

(a)

An entity reporting any biomethane as a transportation fuel in the CFP, and a fuel pathway holder using biogas or biomethane as process energy, must obtain and keep attestations from each upstream party collectively demonstrating that:

(A)

The entity claiming the environmental attributes has the exclusive right to claim environmental attributes associated with the sale or use of the biogas or biomethane; and

(B)

The environmental attributes have not been used or claimed in any other program or jurisdictions with the exception of the federal RFS. Any such claims under the federal RFS must be made for the same use and volume of biomethane or its derivatives as it is being claimed for in the CFP, or the claim under the CFP is invalid.

(b)

Any attestation under subsection (a) must be provided to DEQ within seven days of receiving a request for such attestation by DEQ. Failure to provide such attestations is grounds for credit invalidation under OAR 340-253-0670 (Authority to Suspend, Revoke, or Modify).

(9)

Monitoring plan for entities and fuel producers who are required to obtain third-party verification services under OAR 340-253-0700 (Third Party Verification Requirements).. Each entity responsible for obtaining third-party verification of their data under OAR chapter 340, division 272 must complete and retain a written monitoring plan for review by a verifier or DEQ. If a fuel production facility is required to complete and maintain a monitoring plan by the California LCFS, the same monitoring plan may be used to meet the requirements of this rule unless there are substantive differences between the two programs’ treatment of the fuel production process. A monitoring plan must include the following, as applicable:

(a)

All of the following general items are required for all monitoring plans:

(A)

Information to allow DEQ and the verification team to develop a general understanding of boundaries and operations relevant to the entity, facility, or project, including participation in other markets and other third-party audit programs;

(B)

Reference to management policies or practices applicable to reporting pursuant to this division, including recordkeeping;

(C)

Explanation of the processes and methods used to collect necessary data for reporting pursuant to this subarticle, including identification of changes made after January 1, 2020;

(D)

Explanations and queries of source data to compile summary reports of intermediate and final data necessary for reporting pursuant to this division;

(E)

Reference to one or more simplified block diagrams that provide a clear visual representation of the relative locations and positions of measurement devices and sampling locations, as applicable, required for calculating reported data (e.g., temperature, total pressure, LHV or HHV, fuel consumption); the diagram(s) must include storage tanks for raw material, intermediate products, and finished products, fuel sources, combustion units, and production processes, as applicable;

(F)

Clear identification of all measurement devices supplying data necessary for reporting pursuant to this subarticle, including identification of low flow cutoffs as applicable, with descriptions of how data from measurement devices are incorporated into the submitted report;

(G)

Descriptions of measurement devices used to report CFP data and how acceptable accuracy is demonstrated, e.g., installation, maintenance, and calibration method and frequency for internal meters and financial transaction meters; this provision does not apply to data reported in the Oregon Fuels Reporting System for generating credits for EV charging;

(H)

Description of the procedures and methods that are used for quality assurance, maintenance, and repair of all continuous monitoring systems, flow meters, and other instrumentation used to provide data for CFP reports;

(I)

Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) documentation or other documentation that identifies instrument accuracy and required maintenance and calibration requirements for all measurement devices used to collect necessary data for reporting pursuant to this division;

(J)

The dates of measurement device calibration or inspection, and the dates of the next required calibration or inspection;

(K)

Requests for postponement of calibrations or inspections of internal meters and subsequent approvals by DEQ. The entity must demonstrate that the accuracy of the measured data will be maintained pursuant to the measurement accuracy requirements of OAR 340-253-0450 (Obtaining a Carbon Intensity)(12);

(L)

A listing of the equation(s) used to calculate flows in mass, volume, or energy units of measurement, and equations from which any non-measured parameters are obtained, including meter software, and a description of the calculation of weighted average transport distance;

(M)

Identification of job titles and training practices for key personnel involved in CFP data acquisition, monitoring, reporting, and report attestation, including reference to documented training procedures and training materials;

(N)

Records of corrective and subsequent preventative actions taken to address verifier and DEQ findings of past nonconformance and material misstatements;

(O)

Log of modifications to a fuel pathway report conducted after attestation in response to review by third-party verifier or DEQ staff;

(P)

Written description of an internal audit program that includes data report review and documents ongoing efforts to improve the entity’s CFP reporting practices and procedures, if such an internal audit program exists; and

(Q)

Methodology used to allocate the produced fuel quantity to each fuel pathway code;

(b)

Any monitoring plan related to a fuel pathway carbon intensity or reporting quantities of fuels must also include the following elements specific to fuel pathway carbon intensity calculations and produced quantities of fuels per fuel pathway code:

(A)

Explanation of the processes and methods used to collect necessary data for fuel pathway application and annual fuel pathway reports and all site-specific OR-GREET 3.0 inputs, as well as references to source data;

(B)

Description of steps taken and calculations made to aggregate data into reporting categories, for example aggregation of quarterly fuel transactions per fuel pathway code;

(C)

Methodology for assigning fuel volumes by fuel pathway code, if not using a method prescribed by DEQ. If using a DEQ prescribed methodology, the methodology should be referenced;

(D)

Methodologies for testing conformance to specifications for feedstocks and produced fuels, particularly describing physical testing standards and processes;

(E)

Description of procedure taken to ensure measurement devices are performing in accordance with the measurement accuracy requirements of OAR 340-253-0450 (Obtaining a Carbon Intensity)(12);

(F)

Methodology for monitoring and calculating weighted average feedstock transport distance and modes, including the specific documentation records that will be collected and retained on an ongoing basis;

(G)

Methodology for monitoring and calculating fuel transport distance and modes, including the specific documentation records that will be collected and retained on an ongoing basis;

(H)

References to contracts and accounting records that confirm fuel quantities were delivered into Oregon for transportation use in carbon intensity determination, and confirm feedstock and finished fuel transportation distance; and

(I)

All documentation required pursuant to OAR 340-253-0600 (Records)(10) for specified source feedstocks, defined in OAR 340-253-0400 (Carbon Intensities)(7); and)

(c)

The monitoring plan must also include documentation that can be used to justify transaction types reported for fuel in the Oregon Fuels Reporting System, including the production amount, sale/purchase agreements and final fuel dispensing records. Such documentation must be specific to quarterly fuel transactions reports for importers of blendstocks, importers of finished fuels, Oregon producers, credit generators, aggregators, and out-of-state producers.

(10)

Feedstock Transfer Documents. A feedstock transfer document for specified source feedstocks must prominently state the following information:

(a)

Transferor company name, address and contact information;

(b)

Recipient company name, address and contact information;

(c)

Type and amount of feedstock, including units; and

(d)

Transaction date.
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