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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Management & Finance

Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services

Phone: 503-823-5288

Fax: 503-823-5384

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Rm 1250, Portland, OR 97204

Clean Air Construction Definitions

CARB: California Air Resources Board, a state regulatory agency charged with regulating the air quality in California.

Diesel Particulate Matter – the solid or liquid particles found in the air released through the exhaust from diesel vehicles/equipment. Exposure to diesel particulate matter increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease, exacerbates asthma, and can lead to low-weight and pre-term births. Diesel particulate matter is also a known as a human carcinogen as determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

DOC: Diesel oxidation catalyst. A device designed to reduce harmful diesel emissions such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and certain diesel particulate emissions.

DPF: Diesel particulate filter. A device designed to trap all diesel particulate matter above a certain size.

Emission Control Device: technology added to equipment to reduce harmful emissions. These may include catalytic converters and particulate filters, among other technologies. For the purpose of this policy, all emission control technology must be verified by the EPA or CARB.

EPA: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a federal regulatory agency charged with regulating the environment.

EPA Nonroad Emission Ratings/Tiers

Nonroad: Construction equipment and vehicles that fall under the EPA non-road engine equipment category, which includes all diesel equipment not intended for highway use. For the purpose of this policy, these vehicles/equipment include only diesel construction vehicles/equipment with engines larger than 25 horsepower, which includes tractors, excavators, dozers, scrapers and other construction vehicles/equipment.