Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oklahoma has no property transfer law that requires the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to certify the condition of property before a real estate transfer may take place. Oklahoma generally follows the federal rules regarding the transfer of property. For additional information, see the national section PROPERTY TRANSFER.
However, Oklahoma does have rules that require hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) owners and operators to record in the appropriate land records certain information about the facility when it is closed. Closure rules for hazardous waste TSDFs are covered in the state section CLOSURE AND POST-CLOSURE PLANS.
The state has also established closure and deed recording requirements for solid waste disposal facilities.
This information is available for public review and is intended to help answer questions from future property buyers about the history of a particular piece of property. A careful title examination may reveal recordings required by other state laws and regulations concerning the environmental condition of a property.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ enforces the closure rules in Oklahoma, while EPA enforces property transfers of federal property.