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Oregon Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of Oregon's Environmental Rules


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In Oregon, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEQ is responsible for protecting Oregon's land, water, and air from pollution. Oregon has been delegated authority by EPA to administer and enforce federal permit programs for air emissions, various wastewater and stormwater discharges (industrial and agricultural), and solid and hazardous waste management. Oregon has expanded the types of facilities covered under the concentrated animal feeding operations program and administers its own comprehensive wetland permit program. The state also has a number of stricter standards for underground storage tanks and hazardous waste handlers. Chemical safety rules in the public and all private sector workplaces are administered and enforced by the state, with strict enforcement for communication of chemical hazards to employees.


Oregon's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a plan detailing the methods by which the state will implement, maintain, and enforce the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to EPA for approval. Oregon's SIP was officially submitted January 25, 1972, and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA Amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, nonattainment areas, hazardous air pollutants, and numerous other air-related requirements.

Oregon's air program is implemented and enforced by DEQ's Air Quality Division, with assistance from the Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority.


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