Environmental Quality Generally

ORS 468.126
Advance notice


No civil penalty prescribed under ORS 468.140 (Civil penalties for specified violations) shall be imposed for a violation of an air, water or solid waste permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality until the permittee has received five days’ advance warning in writing from the department, specifying the violation and stating that a penalty will be imposed for the violation unless the permittee submits the following to the department in writing within five working days after receipt of the advance warning:


A response certifying that the permitted facility is complying with applicable law;


A proposal to bring the facility into compliance with applicable law that is acceptable to the department and that includes but is not limited to proposed compliance dates; or


For a water quality permit violation, a request in writing to the department that the department follow the procedures prescribed under ORS 468B.032 (Alternative enforcement proceeding). Notwithstanding the requirement for a response to the department within five working days, the permittee may file a request under this paragraph within 20 days from the date of service of the notice.


No advance notice shall be required under subsection (1) of this section if:


The violation is intentional;


The water or air violation would not normally occur for five consecutive days;


The permittee has received prior advance warning of any violation of the permit within the 36 months immediately preceding the violation;


The permittee is subject to the federal operating permit program under ORS 468A.300 (Definitions) to 468A.320 (Accountability for costs of program) and violates any rule or standard adopted or permit or order issued under ORS chapter 468A and applicable to the permittee; or


The requirement to provide such notice would disqualify a state program from federal approval or delegation. [1991 c.650 §9 (enacted in lieu of 468.125); 1993 c.790 §3; 1999 c.975 §4]
Chapter 468

See also annotations under ORS chapter 449 in permanent edition.

Notes of Decisions

It was proper for Department of Environmental Quality to consider statutory provisions of this chapter while acting on solid waste disposal permit application under ORS 459.205 to 459.265. Land Reclamation, Inc. v. DEQ, 55 Or App 996, 640 P2d 699 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of department to review engineering data and design of wigwam waste burner or of air pollution control equipment, or to prohibit construction or installation, (1971) Vol 35, p 917; state antipollution regulations applicable to mining activities in wilderness areas in national parks, (1972) Vol 35, p 1042; power of department to regulate mining activities or recovery of oil and geothermal resources, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100; authority of Environmental Quality Commission and Department of Environmental Quality to regulate disposition of food processing byproducts to prevent air or water pollution, (1979) Vol 39, p 770

Law Review Citations

4 EL 339 (1974)


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