Oregon Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management statute and regulations: Toxics Use Reduction and Hazardous Waste Reduction Act, Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 465.003 to 465.037, ORS 466.005 to 466.385, ORS 466.990, ORS 466.992, ORS 466.995, and regulations at Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-100 to 340-143

Regulatory Agencies
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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Quality Division Hazardous Waste Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Oregon's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to hazardous waste generators; transporters; owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); handlers of universal wastes; and handlers of used oil.

Administration and enforcement. Oregon has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows the Land Quality Division of DEQ to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, DEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or more stringent state standards.

Note: Any federal regulation that is promulgated under the 1984 amendments to RCRA (the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA)) becomes effective in all states at the ...


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