License procedure for persons servicing underground tanks
(1) In order to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare, to protect the state’s natural and biological systems, to protect the public from unlawful underground tank installation and retrofit procedures, to assure the highest degree of leak prevention from underground storage tanks and to insure the appropriate cleanup of oil spills and releases, the Environmental Quality Commission may adopt a program to regulate persons providing underground storage tank installation and removal, retrofit, testing, inspection and remedial action services.
(2) The program established under subsection (1) of this section may include a procedure to license persons who demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Department of Environmental Quality, the ability to service underground storage tanks. This demonstration of ability may consist of written or field examinations. The commission may establish different types of licenses for different types of demonstrations, including but not limited to:
(a) Installation, removal, retrofit and inspection of underground storage tanks;
(b) Tank integrity testing;
(c) Installation of leak detection systems; and
(d) Cleanup of soil contamination resulting from spills or releases of oil from underground storage tanks.
(3) The program adopted under subsection (1) of this section may allow the department after opportunity for hearing under the provisions of ORS chapter 183, to revoke a license of any person offering underground storage tank services who commits fraud or deceit in obtaining a license or who demonstrates negligence or incompetence in performing underground tank services.
(4) The program adopted under subsection (1) of this section shall:
(a) Provide that no person may offer to perform or perform services for which a license is required under the program without such license.
(b) Establish a schedule of fees for licensing under the program. The fees shall be in an amount sufficient to cover the costs of the department in administering the program.
(5) The following persons shall apply for an underground storage tank permit from the department:
(a) An owner of an underground storage tank currently in operation;
(b) An owner of an underground storage tank taken out of operation between January 1, 1974, and May 1, 1988; and
(c) An owner of an underground storage tank that was taken out of operation before January 1, 1974, but that still contains a regulated substance. [1987 c.539 §§14,15; 1989 c.926 §42; 1999 c.979 §10; 2001 c.104 §202]
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