2013 ORS § 468B.040¹
Certification of hydroelectric power project
  • comments of affected state agencies

(1) The Director of the Department of Environmental Quality shall approve or deny certification of any federally licensed or permitted activity related to hydroelectric power development, under section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, P.L. 92-500, as amended. In making a decision as to whether to approve or deny such certification, the director shall:

(a) Solicit and consider the comments of all affected state agencies relative to adverse impacts on water quality caused by the project, according to sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, P.L. 92-500, as amended.

(b) Approve or deny a certification only after making findings that the approval or denial is consistent with:

(A) Rules adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission on water quality;

(B) Provisions of sections 301, 302, 303, 306 and 307 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, P.L. 92-500, as amended;

(C) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, standards established in ORS 543.017 (Minimum standards for development of hydroelectric power) and rules adopted by the Water Resources Commission implementing such standards; and

(D) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, standards of other state and local agencies that are consistent with the standards of ORS 543.017 (Minimum standards for development of hydroelectric power) and that the director determines are other appropriate requirements of state law according to section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, P.L. 92-500, as amended.

(2) If the proposed certification is for the reauthorization of a federally licensed project, as defined in ORS 543A.005 (Definitions), or for a project that is subject to federal relicensing but that operates under a water right that does not expire, the director shall not determine consistency under subsection (1)(b)(C) and (D) of this section, but shall determine whether the approval or denial is consistent with the rules and provisions referred to in subsection (1)(b)(A) and (B) of this section, standards established in ORS 543A.025 (Minimum standards for decision on reauthorization of water right) (2) to (4), rules adopted by the Water Resources Commission implementing such standards and rules of other state and local agencies that are consistent with the standards of ORS 543A.025 (Minimum standards for decision on reauthorization of water right) (2) to (4) and that the director determines are other appropriate requirements of state law according to section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, P.L. 92-500, as amended.

(3) If the proposed certification is for the reauthorization of a federally licensed project, as defined in ORS 543A.005 (Definitions), or for a project that is subject to federal relicensing but that operates under a water right that does not expire, the director shall act in accordance with the recommendation of the Hydroelectric Application Review Team, except as provided in ORS 543A.110 (Water quality certification). If the proposed certification is for a project that is subject to federal relicensing but that operates under a water right that does not expire, and the Hydroelectric Application Review Team develops a unified state position under ORS 543A.400 (Duties of Hydroelectric Application Review Team) (4)(b), the director shall act in accordance with the recommendation of the Hydroelectric Application Review Team, except as provided in ORS 543A.110 (Water quality certification). [Formerly 468.732; 1993 c.544 §1; 1997 c.449 §40]