Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Natural Resources Division
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
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 is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges, including permitting authority for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The state uses both the federal definition of CAFOs and includes additional facilities and operations in its definition. See the national section AG WASTE for more information on the federal permitting program.
In Oregon, NPDES permits are required for facilities that discharge pollutants to surface waters and include both state and federal requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. In Oregon, ODA's Natural Resources Division has primary responsibility for administering the state's wastewater permitting program for CAFOs.
To obtain more information about discharges from an outlet or point source, see the state section NPDES PERMIT. Oregon also regulates agricultural operations when they use or store pesticides or ...