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Instructions: Permit Application for Composting Facility Environmental Risk Screening
Oregon Revised Statute 459 requires that solid waste disposal sites apply to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for a Solid Waste Disposal Permit prior to starting operation. For composting facilities, Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340-096-0060(3) requires all compost facilities, subject to regulation, to undergo a risk screening to determine the potential environmental risk a facility poses to human health and the environment. The type of compost permit will be determined based on the risk evaluation.
Composting facilities that DEQ determines present a potential risk to the environment will be required to submit a Site Operations Plan for DEQ review and approval. DEQ review of an Operations Plan requires a separate fee. The amount of the fee depends on the size of the facility. The Operations Plan must describe how a facility will be operated to address the identified environmental risks. After DEQ approval of an Operations Plan, the facility will be issued a Composting Permit.
The following documentation must be submitted in writing in order for DEQ to conduct a risk screening and for the permit application to be complete. A complete application should include the following items.
Environmental Risk Screening application items
As a reminder solid waste permit application items 23–26 and 28 are listed below.
Environmental Risk Screening informationThe following facility operational and physical information is necessary in order for DEQ to conduct an environmental risk screening. DEQ can help obtain some of the required information. If you have any questions, please contact a regional DEQ composting facility representative to discuss.
Note: DEQ will collect the following information if you have difficulty obtaining it.
What to expect:At the conclusion of the Environmental Screening, DEQ will notify applicants of the results of the screening. Composting facilities that DEQ determines present a low environmental risk will be allowed to operate under a Registration. Composting facilities that present a potential risk to the environment will need to submit a Site Operations Plan (with fees) for DEQ approval and will receive a Composting Facility Permit once the Operations Plan is approved.
In addition to an Environmental Screening Fee of $150, composting facilities that are required to submit an Operating Plan for DEQ review and approval will be subject to an Operating Plan Review and Approval Fee (see table) and may be subject to a Composting Facility Engineering Review Fee of $500. DEQ will contact the applicant regarding additional requirements and fees, after the environmental risk screening is completed.
Operating Plan Review and Approval Fee
A Composting Facility Engineering Review Fee will apply if DEQ requires review of engineering plans and specifications for engineered facilities including but not limited to storage ponds, impervious composting surfaces, buildings, roads and or water drainage or storage structures.
Annual Compliance Fees:
Composting facilities that are issued a Registration permit will not pay annual compliance fees. Annual compliance fees will apply to composting facilities that DEQ determines pose a potential environmental risk and receive a Composting Facility permit. Annual compliance fees will be based on tonnage of feedstocks received.
Annual Composting Permit Compliance Fees
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the regional solid waste permit coordinator in your area.
Disclaimer: These instructions are provided so potential permittees can more easily understand DEQ’s requirements for composting facilities in Oregon. For complete rule language and definitions, refer to Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Divisions 93, 96, and 97.
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