2011 ORS § 468B.032¹
Alternative enforcement proceeding
  • request
  • public notice
  • fees

(1) In addition to enforcement proceedings pursuant to ORS 468.090 (Complaint procedure) for a violation of a provision, rule, permit or order under this chapter, the Department of Environmental Quality shall implement the procedures established under this section upon the request of the person to whom the notice of the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action is addressed if the person files the request within 20 days from the date of service of the notice. The written request shall serve in lieu of any other prescribed response.

(2) The department shall provide public notice of, and reasonable opportunity to comment in writing on, the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action.

(3) After the comment period closes, the department may determine either to modify the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action based on any comment received under subsection (2) of this section or to reissue the original civil penalty or other formal enforcement action. The department shall serve the person to whom the notice of civil penalty or other formal enforcement action was addressed with a copy of any comments filed and a new notice that includes the determination of the department. The person shall then have 20 days from the date of service of the new notice in which to make written application for a hearing.

(4) The department shall give notice to any person who commented under subsection (2) of this section of the new notice that includes the determination of the department under subsection (3) of this section. The department also shall give notice to any person who commented under subsection (2) of this section if a hearing is requested under subsection (3) of this section.

(5) If a person does not apply for a hearing under subsection (3) of this section, a person who commented under subsection (2) of this section may request that the department hold a hearing if the person who commented makes the request in writing within 30 days of the mailing of the notice given under subsection (4) of this section. However, the department shall hold a hearing only if the request includes material evidence that the department did not consider when the department issued the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action. If the department denies the request for a hearing, the department shall provide a copy of the denial and the reasons for the denial to the requester and shall provide public notice of the denial that includes the reasons for the denial.

(6) In a hearing under subsection (3) or (5) of this section, the person subject to the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action and any person who commented under subsection (2) of this section shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard and to present evidence. The department shall conduct the hearing in accordance with ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures).

(7) If a person does not request a hearing pursuant to subsection (3) or (5) of this section, the department shall issue the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action.

(8) For purposes of judicial review under ORS 183.480 (Judicial review of agency orders) to 183.500 (Appeals), a person who comments under subsection (2) of this section and includes a request in writing to be a party to the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action shall have standing to be a party to an agency proceeding subject to judicial review of a final order. For the procedures established by this section only, the civil penalty or other formal enforcement action shall be deemed to be commenced for purposes of the states implementation of section 309(g)(6) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended, when the department first notifies a person in writing that a violation has been documented and that the violation is being referred for formal enforcement action or will result in a civil penalty or other formal enforcement action.

(9) The Environmental Quality Commission shall ensure that state enforcement procedures for implementing section 309(g)(6) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended, are comparable to and not greater than the federal enforcement procedures for enforcing that federal Act.

(10) Any person who submits a request under subsection (1) of this section shall submit with the request a basic process fee in the amount of $2,000 and a refundable hearings fee in the amount of $3,650 to pay the expenses of the department incurred under this section. If a hearing is not conducted under this section, the department shall return the refundable hearing fee to the person who submitted the request under subsection (1) of this section. All fees received under this subsection shall be deposited into the State Treasury to the credit of an account of the department. Such moneys are continuously appropriated to the department for payment of the costs of the department in carrying out the provisions of this section. [1999 c.975 §2]