Oregon Brownfields regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Brownfields: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oregon Recycled Lands Act (ORLA), Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 465.200 to 465.992

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Site assessments: ORS 465.315(2)(a)

Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP): ORS 465.478

Prospective purchaser agreements (PPAs): ORS 465.327

Orphan Sites: ORS 465.381

Redevelopment fund: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 123-135-0000 to 123-135-0110

Coalition Brownfields Cleanup Fund: OAR 123-140-0010 to 123-140-0050

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Quality Division Environmental Cleanup Program

Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Oregon encourages the redevelopment of brownfields by limiting the environmental cleanup liability under the Oregon Recycled Lands Act (ORLA) and establishing procedures for prospective purchasers, targeted assessments, orphaned sites, and a redevelopment fund.

The state also works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on brownfields redevelopment opportunities in Oregon. For more information about the federal brownfields programs and requirements, see the national section BROWNFIELDS.

Oregon's Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) addresses issues related to the degree of cleanup required for contaminated sites, remediation methods, remedies, and risk assessments.

Administration and enforcement. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Environmental Cleanup Program administers and enforces the ORLA and corresponding rules in Oregon. The Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD) has primary responsibility for administering and enforcing the ...


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