The Oregon Hazardous Substance Possession Fee funds three programs designed to minimize the use and dangers of hazardous substances in Oregon.
The Oregon Community Right to Know and Protection Act (ORS 453.307-414) identifies hazardous substances in Oregon, where they are stored, and the hazards associated with them. Information is then provided to emergency planners, first responders, and the public to protect the citizens of Oregon, their property, and the environment from the risks associated with these substances. For more information, call the Hazardous Substance Information Hotline at (503) 378-6835 or toll-free at (800) 454-6125.
The Toxic Use Reduction program encourages pollution prevention through education and technical assistance, reducing the use of toxic chemicals and reducing hazardous waste. The Orphan Site Clean Up program protects public health and the environment, including surface water, ground water, and municipal drinking water supplies. The Hazardous Substance Possession fee is a major funding source for both programs. For more information on either program, call the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at (503) 229-5913.