2011 ORS § 467.120¹
Agricultural and forestry operations
  • mining or rock processing

(1) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, agricultural operations and forestry operations are exempt from the provisions of this chapter.

(2) As used in this section:

(a) Agricultural operations means the current employment of land and buildings on a farm for the purpose of obtaining a profit in money by raising, harvesting and selling crops or by the feeding, breeding, management and sale of, or the produce of, livestock, poultry, fur-bearing animals, vermiculture products or honeybees or for dairying and the sale of dairy products or any other agricultural or horticultural operations or any combination thereof including the propagation and raising of nursery stock and the preparation and storage of the products raised for human use and animal use and disposal by marketing or otherwise by a farmer on such farm.

(b) Forestry operations means an activity related to the growing or harvesting of forest tree species on forestland as defined in ORS 526.324 (Classification of forestland by committee) (1).

(3) The following operations are not exempt from the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section:

(a) The mining or processing of rock, aggregate or minerals within one-half mile of a noise sensitive area, if:

(A) The operation operates more than nine hours per day during the period subject to the daytime standards established by the Environmental Quality Commission under ORS 467.030 (Adoption of noise control rules, levels and standards); or

(B) The operation operates more than five days per week.

(b) Any mining or processing of rock, aggregate or minerals within one-half mile of a noise sensitive area during the period subject to the nighttime noise emission standards established by the Environmental Quality Commission under ORS 467.030 (Adoption of noise control rules, levels and standards). [1979 c.413 §2; 1983 c.730 §2; 1985 c.681 §1; 2005 c.657 §6]