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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In 1980, Oregon passed rules to prohibit disposal of radioactive materials in the state.
Oregon Administrative Rules require that a person cannot hold or place discarded or unwanted radioactive material for more than seven days within the state. Oregon Department of Energy staff will work with Oregon businesses or municipalities that need to dispose of radioactive materials properly. 

Virtually all materials contain some radioactivity, so the rules also help identify materials that could be disposed of or are exempt from the rule, such as slightly radioactive materials that present minimal health hazards. OAR 345-050  outlines the radioactive waste disposal rules in Oregon, with three tables that list the​ disposal exemptions, such as specific exempt elements, naturally occurring elements, and exempt quantities. If you have questions about the administration of these rules, please contact our Nuclear Safety Division.

​​2020 Notice of Violation: Chemical Waste Management

On February 13, 2020, ODOE issued a Notice of Violation for disposal of radioactive materials in violation of Oregon state law at the Chemical Waste Management hazardous waste landfill near Arlington. The company was required to develop a detailed risk assessment and corrective action plan for the waste in the landfill, which was submitted in final format in April 2021. See documents below for more information: 

Administrative Rules

legislative action
Two bills that would affect radioactive waste disposal in Oregon are under consideration during the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. Read more here​.​

Rulemaking activity
At its February 2021 meeting, the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council adopted updated administrative rules in OAR chapter 345, division 029, which govern Notice of Violation penalties for illegal disposal of radioactive materials in the state. The new rules significantly strengthen ODOE's civil penalty authority.  

More information on the rulemaking process is available h​ere.​

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