Governing Law and Regulations
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division
DEQ Land Quality Division Environmental Cleanup Section Emergency Response Program
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 has promulgated many of its own rules concerning the release of oil. It regulates spills differently from the federal rules, depending on whether the spill does or does not come into contact with state waters. In both these areas Oregon's rules are stricter than the federal rules. See the national sections OIL SPILLS and SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN and the state sections ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS and UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional guidance.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Quality Division and the Emergency Response Program in the Land Quality Division are responsible for the administration and enforcement of Oregon's oil spill regulations.
OAR 340-142-0001 to 340-142-0050
Any person responsible for a spill or threatened spill, regardless of the quantity involved, and any person owning or having authority over the oil or hazardous material spilled, is responsible for the immediate cleanup of a ...