2017 ORS 468.531¹
Legislative findings

(1) The Legislative Assembly finds that the listing of an area on the National Priorities List described in 42 U.S.C. 9605, commonly known as establishing a Superfund site, and the remedial investigations and feasibility studies undertaken following such a listing identify the presence of pollutants, hazardous substances and contaminants in the area that are not directly traceable to a particular responsible party.

(2) The Legislative Assembly finds that ORS 465.200 (Definitions for ORS 465.200 to 465.545) to 465.545 (Suspension of dry cleaning fees) provide for joint and several liability among potentially responsible parties for the cleanup of Superfund sites. Because joint and several liability does not identify a potentially responsible party’s share of cleanup costs, remedial actions are often delayed as potentially responsible parties litigate each share of the liability.

(3) The Legislative Assembly declares that the state has the authority and the ability to facilitate cleanup of the submerged and submersible lands in the Willamette River Superfund site.

(4) The Legislative Assembly finds that cleanup of the submerged and submersible lands of the Willamette River, including the Superfund site, will provide benefits to the people of Oregon, to industries and to living resources, water quality, water uses, recreation, habitat protection, habitat preservation and other watershed qualities, and will provide significant economic enhancement to the State of Oregon. [2003 c.696 §1]

Note: 468.531 (Legislative findings) and 468.533 (Willamette River Cleanup Authority) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 468 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Chapter 468

See also annota­tions under ORS chapter 449 in permanent edi­tion.

Notes of Decisions

It was proper for Depart­ment of Environ­mental Quality to consider statutory pro­vi­sions of this chapter while acting on solid waste disposal permit applica­tion under ORS 459.205 (Permit required) to 459.265 (Hearings). Land Reclama­tion, Inc. v. DEQ, 55 Or App 996, 640 P2d 699 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of depart­ment to review engineering data and design of wigwam waste burner or of air pollu­tion control equip­ment, or to prohibit construc­tion or installa­tion, (1971) Vol 35, p 917; state antipollu­tion regula­tions applicable to mining activities in wilderness areas in na­tional parks, (1972) Vol 35, p 1042; power of depart­ment to regulate mining activities or recovery of oil and geothermal resources, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100; authority of Environ­mental Quality Commission and Depart­ment of Environ­mental Quality to regulate disposi­tion of food processing byproducts to prevent air or wa­ter pollu­tion, (1979) Vol 39, p 770

Law Review Cita­tions

4 EL 339 (1974)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 468—Environmental Quality Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors468.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 468, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano468.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.