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The Department of State Lands has concluded rulemaking to codify the requirements of recent administrative and legislative actions affecting the placement of ocean renewable energy devices in the territorial sea. These actions include adoption of Part 5 of the Territorial Sea Plan by the Land Conservation and Development Commission; enactment of HB 2694 (2013) – establishing seafloor data sharing requirements; enactment of SB 606 (2013) – amending financial assurance and civil penalty statutes for ocean renewable energy projects; and enactment of SB 319 (2015) refining the Department’s regulatory and proprietary roles in siting ocean renewable energy projects. SB 319 specifically requires the Department to convene a committee to assist in evaluating whether to establish by rule a general permit under ORS 196.816, or grant by rule a general authorization under ORS 196.850, for ocean renewable energy facilities that are used as components of research projects or demonstration projects that produce ocean renewable energy. Public Hearings were held on June 20,21 & 28, 2017 & July 6, 2017 around the state. Final rule is being presented to the State Land Board on October 17th at DSL.
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