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We recommend that you hire a DEQ-licensed service provider to perform this work for you. A list of contractors is available on this Web site or by calling toll-free at 1-800-742-7878.
If you are thinking about decommissioning your own tank, you can access the regulations on this website or you can call toll-free at 1-800-742-7878 and have a copy of the information mailed to you.
If you have any questions after you have read the rules and regulations, you can call 503-229-6170 and talk with a heating oil tank specialist.
A list of contractors is available on this web site. Or, call toll-free at 1-800-742-7878, leave your name and address and a message requesting a list of licensed contractors and a list will be mailed to you.
No, the DEQ does not recommend contractors. We can provide you with a list of licensed contractors or let you know if the contractor you have selected is currently licensed.
You can also make an appointment to review the DEQ service provider file for a contractor you are interested in hiring by calling 503-229-6170. You may also want to call the Oregon Construction Contractors Board in Salem at 503-378-4621, x4900 to see if the contractor has had any complaints and that their Construction Contractors Board license is current.
This information is also on the Construction Contractors Board Web site.
A risk-based cleanup is a method for addressing heating oil contamination that may allow you to leave much of the contamination on the property. A more extensive investigation and evaluation must show that the contamination can remain without posing a risk to human health and the environment. A risk-based cleanup is typically used when removal of contamination may undermine the foundation of the house, or when costs to remove contamination are prohibitive.
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