Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Division
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 follows the federal leak detection rules for UST containers, hazardous waste storage tanks, and surface impoundments. In the areas of chemical mining, oil facilities, and landfills, Oregon follows federal law in most respects, but requires some additional requirements. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for more information. For state leak response and reporting requirements, refer to the state section RELEASE NOTIFICATION.
• Administration and enforcement. EPA Region 10 and DEQ enforce the leak detection rules in Oregon.
Oregon requires that mining operations that use cyanide or other toxic chemicals to extract metals or metal-bearing minerals from the ore and that produce wastes or wastewaters containing toxic materials use liner, leak detection, and leak collection systems for heap leach pads, solution ponds, and tailings facilities to ensure there are no leaks of toxic materials into the environment.
Oil facilities are required to develop an oil spill prevention strategy. ...