Oregon Landfills regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Landfills: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste landfill rules: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-100-0002(1)

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Solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill rules: OAR 340-094-0010(1) and OAR 340-093 to 340-095

Regulatory Agency

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Quality Division

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. At present, Oregon has only one commercial landfill that accepts hazardous waste. Located in Arlington, Oregon, in the northeast part of the state, this facility also accepts polychlorinated biphenyls. Oregon has adopted by reference the federal hazardous waste landfill regulations, including those for lab packs. In addition, any owner or operator of a hazardous waste landfill is required to comply with the state's hazardous waste permit requirements that include facility location standards and fees. The permitting process and fees are reviewed in the state section TSDF PERMITS.

Note: Many states do accept lab packs for disposal. Always check another state's lab pack rules before sending the lab pack out of state for disposal.

Oregon has adopted by reference the federal rules for municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLFs) and follows additional state rules for MSWLFs and other types of landfills. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Land Quality Division administers and enforces both the hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements in Oregon.

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