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Landfill Gas Emissions 2021

Adopted rule

Administrative Order No.: DEQ 16-2021
Filed and effective: Oct. 4, 2021
See Oregon Bulletin, November 2021

Rulemaking contact: Heather Kuoppamaki, 503-407-7596  

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality conducted the Landfill Gas Emissions Reduction 2021 Rulemaking to address the effects of climate change and in partial response to Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-04. The Executive Order directs the Environmental Quality Commission and DEQ to take actions necessary to reduce methane gas emissions from landfills. 

The adopted rules:

  • Align Oregon’s landfill gas emission rules with the most stringent requirements of adjacent states and federal government

  • Define regulatory applicability and program requirements

  • Reduce methane emissions from landfills 

DEQ is convening an advisory committee to review the technical issues and fiscal impacts related to the proposed rules. In convening this committee, DEQ has appointed members that reflect the range of entities that are both directly and indirectly affected by proposed changes to the rules.

​Meeting 3: April 16, 2021

Previous meetings

Meeting 2: Feb. 25, 2021

Meeting 1: Jan. 19, 2021

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. DEQ publishes meeting notices on the state Events Calendar. 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 Hearing impaired persons may call 711.

Public involvement

The comment period for this rulemaking closed on July 30, 2021 at 4 p.m.

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

Public hearing

A public hearing was held on July 26, 2021.

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EQC meetings

The Environmental Quality Commission adopted these rules at its Oct. 1, 2021 meeting.