Adopted rulemaking

Administrative Order No. DEQ 15-2017
Filed Oct. 31 and effective Nov. 1, 2017
See Oregon Bulletin, November 2017

DEQ proposes rules to increase water quality fees by 3 percent above the fiscal year 2017 fees for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Water Pollution Control Facility and Water Pollution Control Facility permits specific to onsite septic systems.

DEQ must raise fees to support the permitting program and continue delivering services to regulated entities. Without this increase, DEQ would need to reduce permitting staff and forego implementing improvements to the program.

It is necessary to perform a rulemaking to establish the new fees by Nov. 1, 2017, to fund water quality permit program support.

At the end of the 2015 session, the Oregon Legislature approved a policy option package for a third party to conduct an independent review and provide an implementation plan to improve Oregon’s NPDES permitting program. A delay beyond Nov. 1, 2017, would cause revenue to fall short of current projections and jeopardize implementation of the third party recommendations to improve the program.

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​DEQ is convening an advisory committee to assist in drafting rule amendments to increase water quality permit fees. The committee will review and provide advice about DEQ's proposed fiscal impact statement and proposed rule amendments.

Fiscal Advisory Committee Charter
Advisory Committee Roster
Meeting 1
March 28, 2017; 3 pm
4026 Fairview Industrial Drive
Conference room 201
Salem, OR, 97302
Meeting minutes

Meeting call-in number: 888-363-4734
Participant code: 1910322

Advisory committee meetings are open to the public. DEQ publishes meeting notices on DEQ Calendar page. 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 Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

Public Involvement

​Public comment closed at 4 p.m., June 30, 2017.

View comments​.

View the Public Notice Packet
Includes invitation to comment, notice, proposed rules, and any supporting documents.

EQC action

The EQC adopted the proposed rules on Sept. 13, 2017.