Or. Admin. R. 340-012-0130 - Determination of Violation Magnitude

(1) The appropriate magnitude of each civil penalty is determined by first applying the selected magnitude in OAR 340-012-0135. If none is applicable, the magnitude is moderate unless evidence shows that the magnitude is major under paragraph (3) or minor under paragraph (4).
(2) The person against whom the violation is alleged has the opportunity and the burden to prove that a magnitude under paragraph (1), (3) or (4) of this rule is more probable than the alleged magnitude, regardless of whether the magnitude is alleged under OAR 340-012-0130 or 340-012-0135.
(3) The magnitude of the violation is major if DEQ finds that the violation had a significant adverse impact on human health or the environment. In making this finding, DEQ will consider all reasonably available information, including, but not limited to: the degree of deviation from applicable statutes or commission and DEQ rules, standards, permits or orders; the extent of actual effects of the violation; the concentration, volume, or toxicity of the materials involved; and the duration of the violation. In making this finding, DEQ may consider any single factor to be conclusive.
(4) The magnitude of the violation is minor if DEQ finds that the violation had no more than a de minimis adverse impact on human health or the environment, and posed no more than a de minimis threat to human health or the environment. In making this finding, DEQ will consider all reasonably available information including, but not limited to: the degree of deviation from applicable statutes or commission and DEQ rules, standards, permits or orders; the extent of actual or threatened effects of the violation; the concentration, volume, or toxicity of the materials involved; and the duration of the violation.

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Or. Admin. R. 340-012-0130
DEQ 4-2005, f. 5-13-05, cert. ef. 6-1-05; DEQ 4-2006, f. 3-29-06, cert. ef. 3-31-06; DEQ 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-6-14

Stat. Auth.: ORS 468.020 & 468.130

Stats. Implemented: ORS 459.376, 459.995, 465.900, 465.992, 466.990 - 466.994, 468.090 - 468.140 & 468B.450

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