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Noise Regulation-Wind Energy Facilities
Rulemaking Proceeding for Noise Regulation and Wind Energy Facilities
 
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) approved the proposed ammendments to the Administrative Rules at the May 20, 21, 2004 meeting. The final verison of these changes are available here.
 
Background
 
In Oregon, noise is subject to regulation "to provide protection of the health, safety and welfare of Oregon citizens from the hazards and deterioration of the quality of life imposed by excessive noise emissions" (ORS 467.010). In general, commercial wind energy facilities are subject to Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) regulations that apply to new industrial or commercial noise sources located on a previously unused industrial or commercial site. These regulations are found at OAR 340-035-0035.
 
Although the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) no longer has a noise program to administer the regulations, the rules remain in effect. The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council applies the regulations to energy facilities through the siting process.
 
In addition, local jurisdictions may adopt the DEQ noise control regulations in their local land use ordinances and apply the state noise standards at the local level. Small wind power projects that are not considered "energy facilities" under the definitions adopted by the Oregon Legislature are subject to local land use regulation.
 
 
Energy Facility Siting
 
Oregon Wind Working Group
 
Wind Energy



 
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Noise Control Regulations for Industry and Commerce (Final Version)

 
Hearing Officer's Report