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Clean Water State Revolving Fund 2020

Adopted rule

Administrative Order No. DEQ-12-2021 
Filed and effective: July 26,  2021
See Oregon Bulletin, August 2021

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality adopted updates to 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.

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.

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EQC action

The Environmental Quality Commission adopted these rules at its meeting on July 22, 2021.