Scope of Council’s Review
(1)In making a decision to grant or deny issuance of an amended site certificate, the Council must apply the applicable laws and Council standards required under section (2) of this rule and in effect on the dates described in section (3) of this rule.
(2)To issue an amended site certificate, the Council must determine that the preponderance of evidence on the record supports the following conclusions:
(a)For a request for amendment proposing to add new area to the site boundary, the portion of the facility within the area added to the site by the amendment complies with all laws and Council standards applicable to an original site certificate application;
(b)For a request for amendment to extend the deadlines for beginning or completing construction, after considering any changes in facts or law since the date the current site certificate was executed, the facility complies with all laws and Council standards applicable to an original site certificate application. However, for requests to extend completion deadlines, the Council need not find compliance with an applicable law or Council standard if the Council finds that:
(A)The certificate holder has spent more than 50 percent of the budgeted costs on construction of the facility;
(B)The inability of the certificate holder to complete the construction of the facility by the deadline in effect before the amendment is the result of unforeseen circumstances that are outside the control of the certificate holder;
(C)The standard, if applied, would result in an unreasonable financial burden on the certificate holder; and
(D)The Council does not need to apply the standard to avoid a significant threat to the public health, safety or the environment;
(c)For any other requests for amendment not described above, the facility, with the proposed change, complies with the applicable laws or Council standards that protect a resource or interest that could be affected by the proposed change; and
(d)For all requests for amendment, the amount of the bond or letter of credit required under OAR 345-022-0050 (Retirement and Financial Assurance) is adequate.
(3)In making findings under section (1) of this rule, the Council must apply the applicable laws and Council standards in effect on the following dates:
(a)For the applicable substantive criteria under the Council’s land use standard, as described in OAR 345-022-0030 (Land Use), the date the request for amendment was submitted; and
(b)For all other applicable laws and Council standards, the date the Council issues its final order on the request for amendment.
Rule 345-027-0375 — Scope of Council's Review,