Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is an organization based in Portland, Oregon.

From the Oregon DEQ Website:

In addition to local programs, the Environmental Protection Agency delegates authority to DEQ to operate federal environmental programs within the state such as the federal Clean Air, Clean Water, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts. See DEQ/EPA Performance Partnership Agreement.

The DEQ director has the authority to issue fines for violation of pollution laws and standards. The DEQ relies on several advisory committees of citizens and government officials to help guide its decision-making.

DEQ is responsible for protecting and enhancing Oregon's water and air quality, for cleaning up spills and releases of hazardous materials, for managing the proper disposal of hazardous and solid wastes, and for enforcing Oregon's environmental laws.

DEQ staff use a combination of technical assistance, inspections and permitting to help public and private facilities and citizens understand and comply with state and federal environmental regulations.

The DEQ staff consists of scientists, engineers, technicians, administrators, and environmental specialists. The agency's headquarters are in Portland with regional administrative offices in Bend, Eugene, and Portland; and field offices in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Hermiston, Medford, Pendleton, Salem, and The Dalles. DEQ operates a modern pollution-control laboratory in Hillsboro.


  1.  "Oregon DEQ Website"

Air Contaminant Discharge Permitting Contact

David Collier

Geothermal Contact

Bill Mason

State Underground Injection Control Permitting Contact

David Cole


Hazardous Waste Permitting Contact

Loretta Pickerell