The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality implements Oregon’s environmental laws through its rules and related programs. Throughout each year, DEQ proposes rules that define how the public and industry interact with the environment in an effort to benefit the economy, human habitation and the preservation of natural areas.

To those ends, we seek public involvement during the rule development process by conducting informational meetings, holding public hearings, establishing advisory committee meetings and inviting public comment.

Participating in the rulemaking process

Rulemaking proposals currently open to receive public comments

  • Cleaner Air Oregon Hazard Index 2019
    Comment period closes Dec. 18, 2019
    The proposed Cleaner Air Oregon Hazard Index rules address provisions of Senate Bill 1541 that allow DEQ to establish more protective health standards for noncancer toxic air contaminants that are expected to cause developmental or other severe human health impacts. 

  • Water Quality Permit Fees 2020 
    Comment period closes Dec. 23. 2019
    DEQ is proposing rule amendments to increase water quality fees in 2020 for fiscal year 2021.

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission

The EQC is DEQ’s formal policy and rulemaking body. Proposed rules only become effective when the commission adopts them.