Current as of: 2009
(1) The Environmental Quality Commission and the State Department of Agriculture shall enter into a memorandum of understanding that addresses the administration and enforcement of air quality laws contained in this chapter that apply to agricultural operations and equipment. The terms of the memorandum of understanding must be consistent with the obligations of this state under the federal Clean Air Act (P.L. 88-206 as amended) and the purposes described in ORS 468A.305. Subject to the terms of the memorandum of understanding and to oversight by the Department of Environmental Quality, the State Department of Agriculture may perform any function of the Department of Environmental Quality under this chapter that relates to air quality, including but not limited to the issuance of permits, establishment of fees, entry and inspection of premises and the assessment of civil penalties.
(2) The Environmental Quality Commission and the State Department of Agriculture shall consider the following when entering into a memorandum of understanding under subsection (1) of this section:
(a) Cooperation with private and public entities associated with agriculture in program research, development and implementation.
(b) Program flexibility.
(c) The use of voluntary measures, including education, demonstration projects and incentives, if practicable and reasonably expected to be effective in helping to carry out regulatory requirements.
(d) The diverse nature of agricultural operations and the importance of, and public interest in, the agricultural production of food, fiber and other products.
(e) The desirability of having the State Department of Agriculture serve as the lead agency responsible for the administration of programs relating to agriculture.
(f) The importance of, and public interest in, the protection of human health and the environment, including the protection of natural resources in special areas of the state designated for their outstanding scenery and historical and cultural importance.
(3) In adopting rules subject to the memorandum of understanding required by subsection (1) of this section, the Environmental Quality Commission and the State Department of Agriculture shall consult with each other. [2007 c.799 §2]Prev | Next