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Administrative Order No.: DEQ-5-2023Filed and effective: May 10, 2023See Oregon Bulletin, June 2023
Rulemaking contact: Chris Marko, 503-880-6060
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted rules to modify requirements for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 54. The adopted rules allow the program to provide more principal forgiveness for loans to finance water quality and infrastructure projects throughout Oregon. Oregon CWSRF can provide principal forgiveness to eligible borrowers that meet affordability criteria, projects that meet green project eligibility based on EPA criteria, or to address ratepayer hardship. Principal forgiveness is an incentive, particularly for disadvantaged communities, to utilize CWSRF financing for water quality and infrastructure improvement projects. The rule change allows CWSRF to increase the amount of principal forgiveness for eligible borrowers, including disadvantaged communities, and ensure the program meets new federal requirements to provide more principal forgiveness in financing water pollution control projects in Oregon.
DEQ convened an advisory committee to review the technical issues and fiscal impacts related to the proposed rules. In convening this committee, DEQ appointed members that reflect the range of entities that are both directly and indirectly affected by proposed changes to the rules.
Meeting 3: Sept. 30, 2022
Meeting 2: Aug. 19, 2022
Meeting 1: July 29, 2022
Oregon CWSRF Environmental Justice Policy Brief, July 2022
The comment period for this rulemaking closed at 4 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2022.
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