2007 ORS § 453.382¹
Cost of responding to emergency
  • responsibility
  • billing
  • recovery

(1) Whenever the State Fire Marshal or a local fire department or district dispatches a regional hazardous material response team to an emergency involving a hazardous material or hazardous substance, the State Fire Marshal or local fire department or district may bill the person responsible for causing the emergency for the cost of responding to the emergency. The State Fire Marshal or the local fire department or district also may bill the responsible party for the cost of billing for and collecting the emergency response costs, including but not limited to the costs of administration, investigation and legal services. The billing shall be on forms established by the State Fire Marshal for such purposes.

(2) If the person fails to pay the cost set forth in a billing within 30 days after the second billing, the State Fire Marshal, acting for the State Fire Marshal or on behalf of the local fire department or district, may either:

(a) Bring an action for the recovery of such unpaid cost from the person responsible for causing the hazardous material or hazardous substance emergency; or

(b) Initiate a contested case hearing according to the applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183.

(3) Notwithstanding any provision of ORS chapter 183, nothing in subsection (2) of this section shall be considered to require the State Fire Marshal to conduct a contested case hearing as a prerequisite to bringing an action under subsection (2)(a) of this section. [1989 c.833 §89; 1991 c.804 §3; 1993 c.707 §10]