Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Oregon Department of Human Services
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oregon follows the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when reviewing environmental impact statements (EISs). The state does not have its own specific statutes or regulations for EIS review. For more information, see the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.
Although Oregon does not specifically require an EIS, the state's permit application process includes consideration of the potential environmental impact of any proposed regulated activity. In addition, an environmental review is required to be included in applications for projects and actions funded through either the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) or the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF).
• Administration and enforcement. Each DEQ division administers and enforces the EIS requirements of its specific permit program. Contact the DEQ or see the state section ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for the appropriate DEQ division.