Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Facility Siting Council

Rule Rule 345-029-0060
Civil Penalties


(1)

Following the responsible party’s response to the notice of violation described under OAR 345-029-0040 (Response to Notice of Violation), and any enforcement conference, the Department may assess a civil penalty for a Class I violation. The Department must determine the amount of the civil penalty, if any, as follows:

(a)

Base amount:

(A)

$1000 per day from the date of discovery for a violation of site certificate terms or conditions or violation of a Department order as described in OAR 345-027-0230 (Review of a Request for Approval), or $2000 per day from the date of discovery for such violation if the Department finds that substantially the same violation occurred within the preceding 36 months; or

(B)

$2000 per day from the date of discovery for a violation of an enforcement order of the Council, or $5000 per day from the date of discovery for such violation if the Department finds that substantially the same violation occurred within the preceding 36 months;

(b)

The Department may multiply the base amount by a factor of:

(A)

3.0 if the Department finds the violation was intentional or reckless; or

(B)

5.0 if the Department finds the violation was intentional or reckless and the violation involved a requirement relating to public health, safety or the environment;

(c)

The Department may multiply the base amount by either or both of the following factors:

(A)

0.75 if the responsible party corrected the violation within the time required to respond to the notice of violation and the responsible party has submitted a plan adequate to minimize the possibility of recurrence; and

(B)

0.8 if the responsible party reported the conditions or circumstances of the violation as a result of a compliance audit; and

(d)

The Department may not reduce the base amount under subsection (c) above if the Department determines an increase in the base amount is warranted under subsection (b).

(2)

In a notice of assessment of the civil penalty, the Department must include:

(a)

An analysis of the violations in light of the criteria described in section (1);

(b)

The amount of the assessment;

(c)

A proposed order assessing the civil penalty; and

(d)

A statement of the responsible party’s right to a contested case proceeding as provided for in OAR 345-029-0070 (Contested Case Proceeding).

(3)

The Department must serve the notice of assessment of civil penalty by personal service and by certified or registered mail.
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