Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste management statute and rules: 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
Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: ORS 459.005 to 459.995, ORS 459A.005 to 459A.365, and regulations at OAR 340-083 to 340-097
Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: ORS 466.706 to 466.845, ORS 466.990, ORS 466.994, ORS 466.995, and regulations at OAR 340-150 to 340-180
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land 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's waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as more stringent state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management, and underground storage tanks (USTs). Oregon has received RCRA authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). RCRA authorization allows the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and UST management programs.
To receive RCRA authorization from the EPA, a state's waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, the DEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules, or adopt more stringent ...