Oregon Environmental Protection Agency regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Environmental Protection Agency: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Environmental quality general laws: Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 468

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Air quality laws: ORS 468A

Water quality laws: ORS 468B

Hazardous substances; radiation sources: ORS 453

Community information on hazardous substances: ORS 453.307 to 453.414

Hazardous waste and hazardous materials laws: ORS 465 and 466

Pesticide control laws: ORS 634

Sewage treatment and disposal systems: ORS 454

Solid waste management laws: ORS 459

Reuse and recycling: ORS 459A

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identification (ID) numbers (adoption of the federal rules):

Generators: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-102-0012

Transporters: OAR 340-103-0011

Treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): OAR 340-104-0011

Used oil notification: OAR 340-111-0040

Universal waste handlers: OAR 340-113-0030

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

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. In Oregon, DEQ is the counterpart to the federal EPA. It is the regulatory agency primarily responsible for protecting and maintaining the quality of Oregon's air, land, and water.

Administration and enforcement. Oregon has received authorization from EPA to implement its own air, water, and waste management rules. To receive federal authorization, DEQ's air, water, and waste management rules must be at least as stringent as the federal rules. To maintain its federal authorization, DEQ is required to adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or impose more stringent state standards.

State Requirements


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