Application review process
(1)DEQ will review applications and supporting materials, will determine which applications are for projects that are eligible for funding under this division, and will determine which applications to approve for grant funding, at DEQ’s discretion, based on DEQ’s determination of the projects that will best achieve the emission reduction and other goals of this program.
(2)Among proposed projects that are eligible for funding, DEQ will give preference to projects that will:
(a)Support compliance with ORS 803.591 (Requirements for vehicles with diesel engines) or with contract specifications or preferences related to emissions standards for diesel engines established by a public body, as defined in ORS 174.109 (“Public body” defined);
(b)Be carried out by a grant applicant that is a disadvantaged business enterprise, a minority-owned business, a woman-owned business, a business that a service-disabled veteran owns or an emerging small business, as those terms are defined in ORS 200.005 (Definitions);
(c)Involve the replacement, repower or retrofit of one or more motor vehicles or pieces of equipment that have at least three years of remaining useful life at the time that the grant agreement is executed;
(d)Support the utilization of fuels for which regulated parties may generate credits under the clean fuels program under OAR chapter 340, division 253;
(e)Benefit owners and operators of heavy-duty trucks, if the fleet of the owner or operator includes only one heavy-duty truck and the heavy-duty truck is registered in Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington County;
(f)Benefit small fleets;
(g)Involve the retrofit of concrete mixer trucks or trucks that are used for the transportation of aggregate;
(h)Reduce diesel emissions in Oregon with the most cost effective projects; and
(i)Reduce diesel emissions in areas of the state with the highest diesel emissions, highest vulnerable populations, and the highest population density.
Rule 340-255-0060 — Application review process,