2015 ORS § 468A.490¹
Residential Solid Fuel Heating Air Quality Improvement Fund
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(1) There is established within the State Treasury a fund known as the Residential Solid Fuel Heating Air Quality Improvement Fund, separate and distinct from the General Fund.
(2) All moneys appropriated or received as gifts or grants for the purposes of this section shall be credited to the Residential Solid Fuel Heating Air Quality Improvement Fund.
(3) The State Treasurer may invest and reinvest the moneys in the fund as provided in ORS 293.701 (Definitions for ORS 293.701 to 293.857) to 293.857 (Separate accounts for each local government). Interest from the moneys deposited in the fund and earnings from investment of the moneys in the fund shall accrue to the fund.
(4) All moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the Department of Environmental Quality to:
(a) Pay all costs incurred by the department for evaluating projects and programs, including projects and programs proposed by local communities or qualifying organizations, for project management and oversight of funds awarded for projects and programs selected in accordance with this section and for documenting the benefit to air quality from such projects;
(b) Fund the program established under subsection (5) of this section;
(c) Fund activities to enhance enforcement of ORS 468A.460 (Policy) to 468A.515 (Residential solid fuel heating curtailment program requirements);
(d) Fund public education programs related to compliance with ORS 468A.460 (Policy) to 468A.515 (Residential solid fuel heating curtailment program requirements); and
(e) Fund public education programs related to the benefits of the use of solid fuel burning devices certified pursuant to ORS 468A.460 (Policy) to 468A.515 (Residential solid fuel heating curtailment program requirements).
(5) The department shall use moneys available under subsection (4) of this section to establish a program designed to reduce the emission of air contaminants by providing grants, loans or other subsidies for the replacement or removal of solid fuel burning devices that were not certified by the department pursuant to ORS 468A.465 (Certification requirements for new solid fuel burning devices). In addition to any other requirements established by rules adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission, the program shall provide that:
(a) All forms of new high-efficiency, low air contaminant-emitting heating systems are allowed, except vent-free heating appliances;
(b) Any solid fuel burning device removed under the program must be destroyed;
(c) Any replacement device selected under the program must be installed in conformance with building code requirements and the manufacturers specifications including but not limited to venting specifications; and
(d) To be eligible, program participants shall participate in any home energy audit program provided at no charge to the homeowner and shall obtain all information available regarding subsidies for cost-effective weatherization. The department shall make the information required in this subsection readily available to program participants.
(6) The department may enter into an agreement with a local government or a regional authority in order to implement the program established under subsection (5) of this section. [1991 c.752 §10; 2009 c.387 §7]