Air Quality

ORS 468A.005
Definitions for air pollution laws

As used in ORS chapters 468, 468A and 468B, unless the context requires otherwise:


“Air-cleaning device” means any method, process or equipment which removes, reduces or renders less noxious air contaminants prior to their discharge in the atmosphere.


“Air contaminant” means a dust, fume, gas, mist, odor, smoke, vapor, pollen, soot, carbon, acid or particulate matter or any combination thereof.


“Air contamination” means the presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or more air contaminants which contribute to a condition of air pollution.


“Air contamination source” means any source at, from, or by reason of which there is emitted into the atmosphere any air contaminant, regardless of who the person may be who owns or operates the building, premises or other property in, at or on which such source is located, or the facility, equipment or other property by which the emission is caused or from which the emission comes.


“Air pollution” means the presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or more air contaminants, or any combination thereof, in sufficient quantities and of such characteristics and of a duration as are or are likely to be injurious to public welfare, to the health of human, plant or animal life or to property or to interfere unreasonably with enjoyment of life and property throughout such area of the state as shall be affected thereby.


“Area of the state” means any city or county or portion thereof or other geographical area of the state as may be designated by the Environmental Quality Commission. [Formerly 468.275; 2009 c.387 §13]
§§ 468A.350 to 468A.400

(formerly 468.360 to 468.405)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Motor Vehicle Emission Control Inspection Program funding, (1974) Vol 37, p 130

(formerly 449.760, then 468.275)

See also annotations under ORS 449.760 in permanent edition.

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Construing air contamination source as including proposed installation, (1971) Vol 35, p 917; classifying parking facilities as a source of air contamination, (1972) Vol 35, p 1169


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