The exemption from the hazardous substance possession fee is not automatic for local government facilities. Under Oregon law (ORS 453.414), hazardous substances used by local government facilities are exempt from the fee if at least one of the following is applicable:
- the use of the material is specifically required by a state or federal law or rule; or
- the use of the material is reasonably necessary to enable the unit of local government to comply with a state or federal law or rule; or
- the material is the by-product of processes employed to meet a standard imposed by a state or federal law or rule.
If all reportable hazardous substances at your facility fall into one of these categories, the hazardous substance possession fee will not be assessed. If not, the fee will be assessed on the substance in highest aggregate amount for which the exemption does not apply.
Be prepared to provide substantiation for the exemption if requested, including the specific state or federal law or rule causing possession of the hazardous substance.
If you have not yet certified your annual report, please go in and edit your report following the steps below. If you have already certified your report, you will need to go in and submit a revision report following the steps below.
To ensure you are getting the correct fee exemption, please double check the following Steps in your report:
STEP 1: Review Facility Information
Go into the edit screen and verify that you have marked "Yes" under "Is Government Facility"
STEP 3:Review Chemical Inventory
Go into the edit screen of each chemical and mark the applicable government fee exemptions under the Chemical Fee Exemption section.