FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2009
Contact: Ty Kovach, 503.823.3003
Anne Hill, 503.823.4807
PORTLAND, OR - The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services has contracted with Gorge Analytical, LLC to conduct fuel inspections including the testing and sampling of 100% biodiesel (B100) in accordance with the City of Portland's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that went into effect July 1, 2007. The contractor will test and inspect Oregon based facilities producing or bringing B100 into the State for use as blendstock. The $40,000 contract went into effect January 6, 2009 and will expire June 30, 2011.
"We continue to celebrate Portland's leadership in transitioning the nation to a community-based sustainable fuel model, and a big part of that is providing assurance of quality fuel to fuel retailers and consumers," said Commissioner Randy Leonard.
Gorge Analytical, LLC is an Oregon company based out of Hood River, Oregon owned and run by Jeff and Michelle Fetkenhour. The biofuels testing laboratory is a registered service provider through the Northwest Biofuels Association, the National Biodiesel Board, and is a member of American Society for Testing and Materials, International (ASTM).
The contract with Gorge Analytical, LLC along with the Oregon Department of Agriculture's fuel testing and quality assurance for motor vehicles program it already oversees ensures that the fuel sold in the City of Portland meets applicable ASTM standards. The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services' will handle any violations to the RFS. As the bureau charged with managing the RFS enforcement program, violators could face fines of up to $5,000 for the first violation and up to $10,000 for subsequent violations. To date, no fines have been assessed.
The City of Portland is the first city in the country to pass a local RFS and the only jurisdiction in the country with a 5% blend of biodiesel requirement. The Portland City Council voted July 12, 2006 to approve a citywide renewable fuel standard requiring a minimum of 5% blend of biodiesel and for gasoline to contain 10% ethanol for all motor vehicle fuel within the City limits. The standard went into effect July 1, 2007. The Portland RFS alone expands the annual market for biodiesel in Oregon from four million to eight million gallons per year. For more information on the Portland RFS, go to www.biofuelsportland.com.