Rulemaking

Proposed rulemaking

Rulemaking contact: Lynn Barlow, 503-229-6896
 
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is conducting a rulemaking to update the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program’s administrative rules. The affected rules are in chapter 340, division 054. DEQ is acting in response to Senate Bill 884 (2019). The bill addresses nonpoint source pollution caused by privately owned failing septic systems, a leading cause of water quality contamination across the state.
 
The bill expands the definition of eligible borrowers. The expansion adds non-profit Community Development Financial Institutions, certified by the US Department of Treasury, for the specific purpose of lending to individual homeowners for: 
  • Septic repair
  • Septic replacement
  • Connection to a public sewer system
 
DEQ appointed an advisory committee to assist in the rulemaking. DEQ’s goal was to use input from the advisory committee to develop parameters for lending to CDFIs to inform new and amended rules. The advisory committee discussed fiscal and programmatic considerations that DEQ should address within the rulemaking.
Previous meetings
 
Meeting 3 - Aug. 5-6, 2020

Meeting 2: Feb. 26, 2020

Meeting 1: Jan. 14, 2020

​Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. The public may attend the meeting, but the committee has discretion whether to allow the public to participate in the meeting. The public will be able to comment on the proposed rule changes during the public notice and comment period later in the rulemaking.

Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ, Portland, at 503-229-5696 or call toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011, ext. 5696; fax to 503-229-6762; or email to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us. Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

 

​Public involvement

The public comment period for this rulemaking closed  at 4 p.m. on June 1, 2021. The next step in the rule adoption process is for the Environmental Quality Commission to consider adopting the proposed rule changes at a future meeting.

Current Notice Packet

For more information, see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Draft Rules, which includes the notice, proposed rules and supporting documents.

Public hearings

Public hearings were held June 1, 2021 and Nov. 17, 2020.

For information from the first comment period which closed on Dec. 18, 2020, see the First Notice Packet, which includes the notice, proposed rules and supporting documents.

EQC action

This rulemaking is scheduled to go before the Environmental Quality Commission at its July 21-22 meeting.