The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
authorizes the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to operate the
federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Hazardous Waste Program in
Oregon. Oregon must periodically review and adopt new or amended federal rules
to retain this authorization. DEQ last updated its rules in July 2017. In that rulemaking,
DEQ incorporated by reference most federal rules enacted through June 30, 2015.
DEQ is aligning its hazardous waste fees to better support program needs. The fees will ensure DEQ continues to implement the state’s federally delegated hazardous waste management program while providing technical assistance to many more business. These fees will affect approximately 500 sites generating hazardous waste and two businesses operating permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.
On July 18, 2019, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved a fee increase that will be phased in over six years. For those fees, DEQ will invoice generators and permitted facilities at the new rate starting July 21, 2019. The invoice will be based on waste generated from January 2018 to December 2018 as reported to DEQ in 2019. Each subsequent phase of the fee increase will take effect on January 1 of each year.
Federal rules pending Oregon review - starting mid-2020
Federal hazardous waste management CFR regulations adopted in Oregon