Guidance documents provide technical information to assist with specific
aspects of stages of environmental cleanup activities. Policy statements clarify
provisions of Oregon's environmental cleanup statute and rules. These documents
are advisory only and are intended to assist DEQ staff, responsible parties,
consultants and others implementing cleanup projects.
Recommended format and content for a Remedial Investigation and
Feasibility Study Scope of Work
When a party conducts a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study under a Consent Order with the Department of Environmental Quality, the Consent Order will include an RI/FS Scope of Work. The SOW
describes the elements and work that must be included in the RI/FS. The
Consent Order and the SOW are tailored to the specific site for which they
are to be used, through discussions with the performing party. However,
there are two "boilerplate" versions (short and long) that DEQ staff may use
as a starting point for developing a site-specific document. DEQ staff
determines which boilerplate SOW is appropriate for use at a particular site
based on the complexity or history of the site or other circumstances.
Note: The site-specific document as finally developed may be
different than either of the "boilerplate" versions. Also, the requirements
for an RI/FS are specified in DEQ's rules and guidance and will apply to the
RI/FS regardless of which version of the SOW is used.
Hazardous waste policies and internal management directives are intended as guidance for Oregon
DEQ employees. The policies do
not constitute rulemaking by the Oregon Environmental Quality
Commission and may not be interpreted to create a right or
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by law or in equity,
by any person. Oregon DEQ may take action at variance with these policy
HHW Report, 2008 - 2009
This document provides an overview of activities related to HHW in Oregon during 2008 and 2009, including collections,
product stewardship, and waste prevention. The report focuses on the
accomplishments of DEQ, while also including information about programs
operated by local governments and industry. An appendix includes data on
cost, participation, and quantities of wastes collected at DEQ-sponsored
collection events and through DEQ's free mercury collection program.
This document is a complete report of a telephone survey of Oregon
households conducted by the Portland State University Survey Research Lab in
January 2008. It is available to download as a complete report (minus
Appendix E) or downloadable in sections. Appendix E of the report is
available by contacting David Allaway (503-229-5479).
Recommendations for Product Stewardship in Oregon
This report recommends that Oregon pursue product stewardship as one
strategy to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of products.
It also recommends eight key elements for product stewardship programs and
policy in Oregon.
Container 2007/2009 Recycling Report
This report, issued December 30, 2008, offers the most recent data on rigid plastic container recycling in Oregon, and presents the
determination that the aggregate recycling rate for rigid plastic containers for compliance purposes will be above 25% in 2009.
Past reports and presentation:
Rigid Plastic Container 2006/2008 Recycling Report
This report was issued December 31, 2007 and offered the most recent
data on rigid plastic container recycling in Oregon, and
presented the determination that the aggregate recycling rate
for rigid plastic containers for compliance purposes would be
above 25% in 2008.
Presentation January 8, 2008:Oregon Rigid Plastic
Container Recycling 2006/2008
This presentation included information on the 2008 recycling
rate, recycling rate trends since the law became effective,
disposal, and factors affecting future recycling rates for plastic
Supplemental Report:Rigid Plastic Container 2005/2007 Recycling Report Supplement
This supplement to the 2005/07 report, issued June 20, 2007, revises the determination made in the original Rigid Plastic Container 2005/2007 report based on new data and finds that rigid plastic containers will be recycled at above 25% in 2007.
Materialsmart Evaluation Report [This link will take you outside the DEQ
In 2002, a coalition of governments and business associations undertook a
promotion campaign to increase the use of material exchange services in
Case studies, best practices, and other materials are available for
assistance in saving money through changes that reduce packaging waste and
the environmental burdens of packaging.
Calculator [This link will take you to a non-DEQ Web site.] Calculate product volume by inputting tank dimensions and product level.
Also, generate charts of volume vs. product depth for any tank.