Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oregon does not have a property transfer law that requires the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to certify the condition of property before a real estate transfer may take place.
However, the locations of potentially hazardous sites may require notice with local governments, which have the authority to impose use restrictions for particular sites.
Oregon also requires 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. 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.
In addition, ownership of a sewage treatment disposal facility may ...