Oregon Wastewater Variances regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Wastewater Variances: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Variances: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR): 340-045-0063 (industrial waste pretreatment/fundamentally different factors); OAR 340-071-0130, OAR 340-071-0415 to 340-071-0445 (on-site sewage disposal)

For a Limited Time receive a FREE EHS Report "Recordkeeping for EHS Managers." This special report contains a recordkeeping checklist to help you keep track of your records for major environmental laws and OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Download Now

Water pollution control facility (WPCF) permits: OAR 340-040-0030

Confined animal feeding operations (CAFO): OAR 340-051-0025

Wellhead protection equipment: OAR 690-230-0070

Wastewater operator certification: OAR 340-049-0075

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC)

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 adopted federal regulations for variances from effluent limitations or categorical pretreatment standards for fundamentally different factors (FDF) under 40 CFR 125. See the national section WASTEWATER VARIANCES for federal requirements for a wastewater variance. In addition, DEQ has adopted specific rules for variances from state drinking water standards and hardship variances from rules or standards pertaining to on-site sewage disposal systems.

· Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Quality Division together with EQC administers and enforces the state's water quality program and makes variance determinations.

State Requirements


OAR 340-045-0063

All owners of sewerage systems that receive industrial waste subject to federal or state pretreatment standards must develop and implement a pretreatment program for controlling those industrial contributors. See the state section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS

Read more about Wastewater Variances