ORS 469.525
Radioactive waste disposal facilities prohibited

  • exceptions
  • rules

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, no waste disposal facility for any radioactive waste shall be established, operated or licensed within this state, except as follows:


Wastes generated before June 1, 1981, through industrial or manufacturing processes which contain only naturally occurring radioactive isotopes which are disposed of at sites approved by the Energy Facility Siting Council in accordance with ORS 469.375 (Required findings for radioactive waste disposal facility certificate).


Medical, industrial and research laboratory wastes contained in small, sealed, discrete containers in which the radioactive material is dissolved or dispersed in an organic solvent or biological fluid for the purpose of liquid scintillation counting and experimental animal carcasses shall be disposed of or treated at a hazardous waste disposal facility licensed by the Department of Environmental Quality and in a manner consistent with rules adopted by the Department of Environmental Quality after consultation with and approval by the Oregon Health Authority.


Maintenance of radioactive coal ash at the site of a thermal power plant for which a site certificate has been issued pursuant to this chapter shall not constitute operation of a waste disposal facility so long as such coal ash is maintained in accordance with the terms of the site certificate as amended from time to time as necessary to protect the public health and safety. [Formerly 459.630; 1979 c.283 §2; 1981 c.587 §2; 2009 c.595 §953]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Storage of spent fuel rods at Trojan Nuclear Plant, (1977) Vol 38, p 1630; unlicensed storage or disposal of industrial radioactive wastes, (1978) Vol 38, p 1980

§§ 469.300 to 469.570

Notes of Decisions

The Energy Facility Siting Council failed to adopt sufficient standards concerning financial ability, qualifications to construct and operate, and power needs. Marbet v. Portland General Electric, 277 Or 447, 561 P2d 154 (1977)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Permits, licenses and certificate requirements for "executed site certificate," (1974) Vol 37, p 103; appointment and reappointment of Council members, (1979) Vol 39, p 619

Law Review Citations

13 WLJ 499 (1977); 57 OLR 334 (1978)


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