DEQ implements Oregon environmental laws through its rules, which make up Chapter 340 of the Oregon Administrative Rules. DEQ authority to develop rules and related programs comes from the Oregon Legislature. DEQ often seeks public involvement during rule development by establishing advisory committees, holding information meetings, holding public hearings and inviting public comment. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission is the formal policy and rulemaking body for DEQ that adopts, amends or repeals proposed rules before they become effective.
If you have any questions about DEQ's rules or rulemaking process, please contact the Agency Rules Coordinator, Meyer Goldstein at 503-229-6478