Environmental Quality Generally

ORS 468.423
Definitions for ORS 468.423 to 468.440

As used in ORS 468.423 (Definitions for ORS 468.423 to 468.440) to 468.440 (Loan terms and interest rates):


“Available sewer” has the meaning given that term in ORS 454.779 (Program development and administration grants).


“Fund” means the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund established under ORS 468.427 (Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund).


“On-site septic system” has the meaning given that term in ORS 454.779 (Program development and administration grants).


“Public agency” means:


A state agency, incorporated city, county, sanitary authority, federally recognized Indian tribal government, school district, county service district, sanitary district, metropolitan service district or other special district authorized or required to construct water pollution control facilities; or


An intergovernmental entity created by units of local government under ORS 190.003 (Definition for ORS 190.003 to 190.130) to 190.130 (Effect of ORS 190.125).


“Qualified institution” means a nonprofit organization registered to operate in the State of Oregon that is certified as a community development financial institution by the Community Development Financial Institution Fund at the United States Department of the Treasury.


“Treatment works” means:


The devices and systems used in the storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage or industrial wastes of a liquid nature, necessary to recycle or reuse water at the most economical cost over the estimated life of the works. “Treatment works” includes:


Intercepting sewers, outfall sewers, sewage collection systems, pumping power and other equipment, and any appurtenance, extension, improvement, remodeling, addition or alteration to the equipment;


Elements essential to provide a reliable recycled water supply including standby treatment units and clear well facilities; and


Any other acquisitions that will be an integral part of the treatment process or used for ultimate disposal of residues resulting from such treatment, including but not limited to land used to store treated waste water in land treatment systems prior to land application.


Any other method or system for preventing, abating, reducing, storing, treating, separating or disposing of municipal waste, storm water runoff, industrial waste or waste in combined storm water and sanitary sewer systems.


Any other facility that the Environmental Quality Commission determines a public agency must construct or replace in order to abate or prevent surface or ground water pollution. [1987 c.648 §1; 1995 c.79 §278; 1995 c.98 §1; 2007 c.783 §232a; 2010 c.21 §5; 2019 c.558 §1]
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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