ORS 465.505¹
Waste minimization requirements for dry cleaning facilities
  • annual report
  • reportable release
  • rules

(1) In addition to any other applicable federal or state law and regulation, the following waste minimization requirements shall apply to dry cleaning facilities:

(a) All wastes meeting the state and federal criteria for hazardous waste, excluding wastewater, generated at any dry cleaning facility and containing dry cleaning solvents, including residues and filters, shall be managed and disposed of, regardless of quantity generated, as hazardous wastes in accordance with federal and state laws otherwise applicable to management of hazardous wastes, except that, as to the cleanup of releases of dry cleaning solvents, ORS 465.503 (Exemption from administrative or judicial action to compel removal or remedial action) shall apply rather than ORS 466.205 (Liability for improper disposal of waste);

(b) Wastewater contaminated with dry cleaning solvents from the water separation process of dry cleaning machines may not be discharged into any sanitary sewer or septic tank or into the waters of this state;

(c) Dry cleaning operators shall manage solvent contaminated wastewater generated in the water separation process in accordance with rules adopted by the Environmental Quality Commission;

(d) A dry cleaning facility may not include operation of transfer-type dry cleaning equipment using perchloroethylene;

(e) All newly installed dry cleaning systems using perchloroethylene shall be of the dry-to-dry type and be equipped with integral refrigerated condensers with an outlet temperature sensor for the control of perchloroethylene emissions;

(f) All existing dry cleaning systems using perchloroethylene shall install refrigerated condensers, or an equivalent;

(g) Every dry cleaning facility shall install secondary containment systems capable of containing dry cleaning solvent under and around each machine or item of equipment in which any dry cleaning solvent is used, treated or stored; and

(h) All perchloroethylene dry cleaning solvent shall be delivered to dry cleaning facilities by means of closed, direct-coupled delivery systems.

(2) The Department of Environmental Quality may authorize the use of alternative measures at a dry cleaning facility in lieu of one or more of the measures described under subsection (1) of this section upon proof satisfactory to the department that the alternative measures can provide equivalent protection for public health and the environment, can achieve equivalent waste minimization and are consistent with other applicable laws and regulations.

(3) Every dry cleaning and dry store operator shall provide annually to the department on forms to be supplied by the department, information regarding compliance with the waste minimization requirements set forth in subsection (1) of this section and any other information as the department considers necessary for carrying out the purposes of ORS 465.200 (Definitions for ORS 465.200 to 465.545) and 465.500 (Purpose) to 465.545 (Suspension of dry cleaning fees).

(4) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a dry cleaning operator for a facility having a release of dry cleaning solvents shall immediately report any release exceeding one pound to the notification system managed by the Office of Emergency Management pursuant to ORS 401.275 (System for notification of emergencies).

(5) The Environmental Quality Commission shall adopt rules necessary to implement ORS 465.200 (Definitions for ORS 465.200 to 465.545) and 465.500 (Purpose) to 465.545 (Suspension of dry cleaning fees), including but not limited to rules implementing the recommendations of the advisory group established under ORS 465.507 (Dry cleaning advisory group) or requiring the implementation of new waste minimization technologies. [1995 c.427 §5; 1999 c.59 §132; 2001 c.495 §3]

Chapter 465

See also annota­tions under ORS 105.550 (Definitions for ORS 105.550 to 105.600) to 105.600 (ORS 105.550 to 105.600 not to limit authority of cities or counties to further restrict activities).

Notes of Decisions

Remedial ac­tion costs do not include attorney fees incurred by private party in contribu­tion pro­ceed­ing. Cash Flow Investors, Inc. v. Union Oil Co., 318 Or 88, 862 P2d 501 (1993)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 465—Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials I, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­465.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 465, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­465ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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