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Calculation of Civil Penalties and Regulations

DEQ’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement issues civil penalties and Department Orders on behalf of DEQ’s director, who has been delegated to do so by the Environmental Quality Commission. When DEQ assesses a civil penalty, it calculates the amount of the penalty using criteria set forth in Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 12. Base penalties range from $100 per day for each Class III violation with a minor magnitude, to $12,000 per day for each class I violation with a major magnitude. Base penalties may be increased or decreased depending on specific factors according to Division 12.

For more information, see the full rule in the Oregon secretary of State Archives: