OAR 340-045-0010

(1) As used in this division unless otherwise required by context:
(2) “Commission” means the Environmental Quality Commission or the Commission’s authorized designee.
(3) “DEQ” means the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
(4) “Director” means the Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality or the Director’s authorized designee.
(5) “Discharge or Disposal” means placing wastes into public waters, on land, or otherwise into the environment in a manner that affects or may tend to affect the quality of public waters.
(6) “Disposal System” means a system for disposing of wastes by surface or underground methods and includes sewerage systems, treatment works, disposal wells, and other systems but excludes onsite sewage disposal systems regulated under OAR 340-071-0160 (Permit Application Procedures — Construction, Installation, Alteration, and Repair Permits), 340-071-0162 (Permit Application Procedures — WPCF Permits), or ORS 454.655 (Permit required for construction) and systems that recirculate without discharge.
(7) “Environmental Management Plan” means a document specified within the conditions of a permit that identifies environmental impacts, establishes environmental goals and periodic review for effectiveness in meeting environmental goals, best management practices, monitoring, corrective actions and other enforceable requirements of the permit.
(8) “Federal Act” means Public Law 92-500, known as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, and amendments.
(9) “General Permit” means a permit issued to a category of qualifying sources under OAR 340-045-0033 (General Permits) in lieu of individual permits for every source.
(10) “Industrial Waste” means any liquid, gaseous, radioactive, or solid waste substance, or a combination of them, resulting from any process of industry, manufacturing, trade, or business or from developing or recovering any natural resources.
(11) “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer” means a conveyance or system of conveyances including: roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutter, ditches, manmade channels, or storm drains, that is:
(a) Owned or operated by a state, city, county, district, association, or other public body;
(b) Designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater; and,
(c) Is not a combined sewer or part of a Publicly Owned Treatment Works as defined in 40 C.F.R. §122.2.
(12) “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System” means all municipal separate storm sewers that are defined as ”large,“ ”medium,“ or ”small" municipal separate storm sewer systems in 40 C.F.R. §122.26(b).
(13) “NPDES Permit” means a waste discharge permit issued under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System authorized by the Federal Act and OAR chapter 340, division 045.
(14) “Navigable Waters” means all navigable waters of the United States and their tributaries; interstate waters; and intrastate lakes, rivers, and streams that are used by interstate travelers for recreation or other purposes or from which fish or shellfish are taken and sold in interstate commerce or that are used for industrial purposes by industries in interstate commerce.
(15) “Permit Action” means DEQ’s issuing, modifying, renewing, or revoking a permit.
(16) “Person” means the United States and its agencies, state, individual, public or private corporation, political subdivision, governmental agency, municipality, co-partnership, association, firm, trust, estate, or any other legal entity.
(17) “Point Source” means any discernible, confined, discrete conveyance, including but not limited to, any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock, concentrated animal feeding operation, or vessel or other floating craft from which pollutants are or may be discharged.
(18) “Pollutant” means dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewerage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt, and industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste discharged into water.
(19) “Pretreatment” means the waste treatment that might take place before discharging to a sewerage system including but not limited to pH adjustment, oil and grease removal, screening, and detoxification.
(20) “Process Wastewater” means wastewater contaminated by industrial processes but not including non-contact cooling water or storm runoff.
(21) “Public Waters” or “Waters of the State” means lakes, bays, ponds, impounding reservoirs, streams, creeks, estuaries, marshes, inlets, canals, the Pacific Ocean within the territorial limits of the State of Oregon, and all other bodies of surface or underground waters, natural or artificial, inland or coastal, fresh or salt, public or private, except those private waters that do not combine or effect a junction with natural surface or underground waters, that are wholly or partially within or bordering the state or within its jurisdiction.
(22) “Regional Administrator” means the Regional Administrator of Region X of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
(23) “Septage” means the liquid and solid material pumped from a septic tank, holding tank, cesspool, or similar domestic sewage treatment system.
(24) “Septage Alkaline Stabilization Facility” means a facility that actively mixes alkaline material with raw septage to increase and maintain pH at 12 in the resultant mixture for sufficient time to achieve chemical stabilization.
(25) “Sewage” means water-carried human or animal waste from residences, buildings, industrial establishments, or other places, together with such groundwater infiltration and surface water as may be present. The mixture of sewage with wastes or industrial wastes is also considered sewage.
(26) “Sewerage System” means pipelines or conduits, pumping stations, force mains, and all other structures, devices, appurtenances, and facilities used for collecting or conducting wastes to an ultimate point for treatment or disposal.
(27) “State” means the State of Oregon.
(28) “Stormwater” means stormwater runoff, snow melt runoff, and surface runoff and drainage.
(29) “Toxic Waste” means any waste that will cause or can reasonably be expected to cause a hazard to fish or other aquatic life or to human or animal life in the environment.
(30) “Treatment” or “Waste Treatment” means altering the quality of wastewater by physical, chemical, or biological means, or a combination of them, that reduces the tendency of the wastes to degrade water quality or other environmental conditions.
(31) “Wastes” means sewage, industrial wastes, and all other liquid, gaseous, solid, radioactive, or other substances, that will or may cause or tend to cause pollution of any waters of the state.
(32) “WPCF Permit” means a Water Pollution Control Facilities permit to construct and operate a disposal system with no discharge to navigable waters. A WPCF permit is issued by the Director under the procedures of this division or OAR 340-071-0162 (Permit Application Procedures — WPCF Permits).
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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