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Water Quality Fees 2022

Adopted rule

Administrative Order No.: DEQ-15-2022
Filed: Sept. 6, 2022
Effective: Nov. 1, 2022
See Oregon Bulletin, October 2022

DEQ adopted rule amendments to Chapter 340 of Oregon Administrative Rules. The proposed rule amendments are to increase water quality fees in 2022 for fiscal year 2023 provided in ORS 468B.051. These fees apply to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits and Water Pollution Control Facility permits.

The Water Quality Program's mission is to protect and improve Oregon's water quality. Protecting Oregon's rivers, lakes, streams, and groundwater quality keeps these waters safe so they can be used for drinking water, fish habitat, recreation, and irrigation. DEQ accomplishes this by developing and implementing water quality standards and clean water plans, issuing water quality permits, regulating sewage treatment systems and industrial dischargers, collecting, and evaluating water quality data, providing grants and technical assistance to reduce nonpoint pollution sources, and giving loans to communities to build treatment facilities.

DEQ needs the fee increase to help account for the anticipated increase in the cost of administering the permit program. This increase will also help DEQ achieve its objective for a sustainable water quality permitting program that issues timely, high quality permits, and to ensure compliance with permit conditions through inspections, enforcement, and reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency.

In October each year, DEQ publishes a permit issuance work plan to identify the individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits DEQ intends to issue in the coming year. DEQ identified 57 permits for development in the 2022 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1- Sept. 30). Permit issuance updates are provided quarterly online.

DEQ convened 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.

Public involvement

The comment period closed at 4 p.m. on July 21, 2022.
For more information, see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which includes the notice, and proposed rules.

Public hearing
DEQ held one public hearing on July 19, 2022.

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EQC action 

At the 419th Oregon Environmental Quality Commission meeting on April 6, 2022, the Environmental Quality Commission authorized delegation to Director Whitman for the 2022 Water Quality fee rulemaking. Director Whitman approved adopting these rules on Sept. 6, 2022.