Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Quality Division Hazardous Waste Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oregon has adopted the federal contingency plan requirements applicable to large quantity generators and to hazardous waste TSDFs. The state has added requirements to the emergency procedures that must be followed once a contingency plan has been implemented.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Land Quality Division administers and enforces the contingency plan rules in Oregon.
Oregon follows the federal rules in connection with the steps that must be taken in the event the facility's emergency coordinator has made the decision to implement the contingency plan and adds several more state requirements.
OAR 340-104-0056(1) to (2)
Under the federal rules, authorities must be notified if the emergency coordinator determines that the facility has had a release, fire, or explosion "which could threaten human health, or the environment, outside of the facility." Oregon drops the "outside the facility" language from its standard, thereby necessitating notification in the event of a threat to human health or the environment outside or inside the facility (OAR 340-104-0056(1)).