2017 ORS 465.435¹
Rules relating to exemption from liability for security interest holder

(1) The Environmental Quality Commission may adopt rules necessary to clarify the scope and meaning of the exemption from liability under ORS 465.255 (Strict liability for remedial action costs for injury or destruction of natural resource) of a security interest holder. The rules shall:

(a) Identify activities that are consistent with holding and protecting a security interest in a facility and therefore exempt from liability under ORS 465.255 (Strict liability for remedial action costs for injury or destruction of natural resource);

(b) Identify the extent to which a security interest holder may undertake activities to oversee the affairs of a borrower for purposes of protecting a security interest in a facility and continue to be exempt from the liability imposed under ORS 465.255 (Strict liability for remedial action costs for injury or destruction of natural resource);

(c) Identify the activities a security interest holder may undertake in connection with foreclosure on a security interest in a facility and continue to be exempt from the liability imposed under ORS 465.255 (Strict liability for remedial action costs for injury or destruction of natural resource); and

(d) Allow a security interest holder to encourage and require responsible environmental management by borrowers.

(2) In adopting rules under subsection (1) of this section, the commission shall:

(a) Exclude the mere capacity or unexercised right to influence a facility’s management of hazardous substance from activities that might void a security interest holder’s exemption from liability; and

(b) Distinguish activities that are consistent with holding, protecting and foreclosing of a security interest, and that are therefore exempt from liability, from activities that constitute actual participation in the management of a facility that may be grounds for liability under ORS 465.255 (Strict liability for remedial action costs for injury or destruction of natural resource).

(3) In adopting rules under subsection (1) of this section, the commission shall consider and, to the extent consistent with subsections (1) and (2) of this section, adopt rules parallel in effect to any federal statute or regulation, adopted and effective on or after May 1, 1991, pertaining to the scope and meaning of the exemption from liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (P.L. 96-510 and 99-499), of a security interest holder. [1991 c.680 §4]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 465—Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials I, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors465.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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