Or. Admin. R. 603-027-0490 - Enforcement Proceedings; Civil Penalties

(1) Consolidation of Proceedings: Notwithstanding that each and every violation of any provision of ORS 646.947, 646.949 or 646.953, rules adopted under ORS 646.957 or orders issued under ORS 646.953 is a separate and distinct act and in cases of continuing violations, each day's continuance is a separate and distinct violation, proceedings for a Stop Use, Hold and/or Removal Order, or for the assessment of civil penalties arising from the same conduct or failure to act may be consolidated into a single proceeding.
(2) The Director or the Director's designate shall prescribe a reasonable time for the elimination of the violation prior to imposing a civil penalty, except that if a party fails to abide by the terms of any Stop Use, Hold and/or Removal Order, the Director or the Director's designate may immediately impose a civil penalty in addition to any other remedies provided by law.
(3) Violations occurring after the time prescribed for the elimination of the violation shall be considered repeat violations.
(4) Civil penalties shall be due and payable when the person incurring the penalty receives a Civil Penalty Assessment Notice in writing from the Director or the Director's designate.
(5) A Civil Penalty Assessment Notice, Stop Use Order, Hold Order and/or Removal Order shall be in writing. In addition to the posting providing for by OAR 603-207-0470 for Stop Use, Hold and Removal Orders, these documents shall be served on the owner or operator of the facility by registered mail, certified mail, or in person. The notice shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) A reference to the particular section of the statute and/or administrative rule involved and;
(b) A short and plain statement of the matters asserted or charged;
(c) A statement of the amount of the penalty or penalties imposed, if any;
(d) A statement of the person's right to request a hearing if such request is made within ten days of mailing of the notice and an explanation of how a hearing may be requested;
(e) A statement that the notice becomes a final order unless the person upon whom the Stop Use, Hold and/or Removal Order, and /or civil penalty is assessed makes a written request for a hearing within ten days from the date of the mailing of the notice.
(6) A civil penalty imposed under the applicable statutes or these regulations may be remitted or reduced at the Director's discretion upon such terms and conditions that are proper and consistent with public safety and welfare.
(7) Hearing Procedures: All hearings shall be conducted pursuant to the applicable contested case procedures as outlined in ORS 183.310 to 183.550, and the Attorney General's Uniform and Model Rules of Procedure (OAR chapter 137).
(8) Entry of Order and Appeal Rights: If a person notified of the Stop Use, Hold, and/or Removal Order and/or civil penalty fails to request a hearing as specified in OAR 603-027-0490(5)(e), or if after the hearing the person is found to be in violation of the provisions of these rules, a final order may be entered by the Department as follows:
(a) The order shall be signed by the Director or the Director's designate;
(b) If the order is not appealed, or if it is appealed and the order is sustained on appeal, the order shall constitute a judgment and may be recorded with the county clerk in any county of this state. Any penalty provided in the order so recorded becomes a lien upon the title of any interest and real property in the county owned by the person against whom the order is entered.
(9) Penalty schedule: In addition to any other penalty provided by law, the Director may assess a civil penalty for violation of any provision of ORS 646.947, 646.949 or 646.953, rules adopted under ORS 646.957 or orders issued under ORS 646.953. The amount of any civil penalty shall be determined using the following table and shall not exceed $10,000. In establishing penalty assessments within the table (Table 2), the department will consider factors such as the type of violation, the cause(s) of the violation, the economic impact on fuel purchasers, prior history of violations, repetition of violations, and the degree of demonstrated cooperativeness of the fuel seller. [Table not included. See ED. NOTE.]
(10) The commission of each violation has been categorized as to its magnitude of violation as follows:
(a) Gravity 1 (Minor):
(A) Labeling of Dispenser(s) (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430);
(i) Gasoline dispenser(s) not labeled with the identity of the product dispensed;
(ii) Gasoline dispenser(s) not labeled with the identity of the grade dispensed;
(iii) Gasoline dispenser(s) not labeled with the identity of oxygenates;
(iv) Gasoline-ethanol blend dispensers not labeled that the product contains 10% by volume ethanol in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430.
(v) Gasoline dispenser(s) of non-ethanol blended gasoline, other than 91 octane or above, not labeled for exempted use only in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430.
(vi) Exceptions for non-ethanol blended gasoline, other than 91 octane or above, not posted in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430.
(vii) Use of Prohibited Terms. Prohibited terms used to describe the grade of gasoline or gasoline-oxygenate blends. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430);
(viii) Gasoline dispenser(s) not labeled with the Antiknock Index (AKI) number;
(ix) Gasoline dispenser(s) for lead substitute motor vehicle fuels not properly identified;
(x) Diesel dispenser not labeled with either the identity of the product and/or grade dispensed;
(xi) Location of either the diesel product and/or grade label not on each face and on the upper 50 percent of the dispenser front panels;
(xii) Winter or winterized diesel fuel dispenser(s) not labeled in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430;
(xiii) Premium diesel fuel dispenser(s) not labeled in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430;
(xiv) Aviation gasoline dispenser(s) not labeled with the identity of the grade dispensed;
(xv) Fuel ethanol dispenser(s) not labeled with the correct automotive fuel rating, "For Use In Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV) Only", or "Consult Vehicle Manufacturer Fuel Recommendations" in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430;
(xvi) Fuel methanol dispenser(s) not labeled with the correct automotive fuel rating and the identity of the product dispensed;
(xvii) Biodiesel, biodiesel blend, biomass-based diesel, or biomass-based diesel blend fuel dispenser(s) not labeled in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430.
(B) Storage Tank(s); Motor vehicle fuel storage tank(s);
(i) Not correctly identified as to the product contained;
(ii) Not correctly identified that the product contained therein is non-ethanol blended gasoline. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0440)
(C) Documentation; Wholesale Dealer and Bulk Facility (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430):
(i) Incorrect, incomplete, or no documentation of motor vehicle fuels provided to the retail dealer or nonretail dealer at the time of motor vehicle fuel delivery;
(ii) Motor vehicle fuel delivery documentation not maintained for at least one year at the person's registered place of business.
(D) Certificate of Analysis Documentation; Biodiesel Producer, Operator of a Biodiesel Bulk Facility, and each Person Who Imports Biodiesel not keeping on a monthly basis for at least one year, at the person's registered place of business the certificate of analysis for each batch or production lot of biodiesel sold or delivered in Oregon (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430);
(E) Visual Appearance Analysis Documentation; Biodiesel Producer, Operator of a Biodiesel Bulk Facility, and each Person Who Imports Biodiesel not keeping on a monthly basis for at least one year, at the person's registered place of business the analysis records for visual appearance tests that are performed upon first receipt at a wholesale facility prior to commingling with existing product for each batch or production lot of biodiesel sold or delivered in Oregon (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430);
(F) Documentation; Biodiesel Production Facility not keeping, on a monthly basis for at least one year, at the person's registered place of business, documentation declaring the producer's name, location address, date and quantity of biodiesel production and sales (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430);
(G) Documentation not delivered on a quarterly basis to the Oregon Department of Agriculture declaring the biodiesel producer's name, location address, date and quantity of biodiesel production and sales in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430;
(H) Documentation; Retail Dealer, Nonretail Dealer, and Wholesale Dealer not providing, upon request of the Department, evidence of a certificate of analysis for the biodiesel received (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430);
(I) Documentation; Ethanol Production Facility not keeping, on an annual basis by month, at the person's registered place of business, documentation declaring the production facility's name, location address, net ethanol production capacity, the date that the net ethanol capacity attained, quantity of ethanol produced, and sales in Oregon.
(J) Documentation declaring the ethanol facility's name, location address, net ethanol production, date, quantity of ethanol produced, and sales in Oregon not delivered to the Oregon Department of Agriculture on a quarterly basis in compliance with OAR 603-027-0430;
(K) Documentation; Retail Dealer and Nonretail Dealer (Ref. OAR 603-027-0430); Octane rating certification or motor vehicle fuel delivery documentation not maintained at their facilities for the three most recent deliveries to the facility for each grade of gasoline, fuel ethanol, fuel methanol, biodiesel, biodiesel blends, diesel fuel, biomass-based diesel fuel, and biomass-based diesel fuel blends sold or offered for sale.
(b) Gravity 2 (Moderate):
(A) Storage Tank(s);
(i) Water phase in motor vehicle fuel storage tank(s) for gasoline-alcohol blends, B100 Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blends, E85 fuel ethanol, M85 fuel methanol, and aviation fuel exceed allowable limits (Ref. OAR 603-027-0440);
(ii) Water phase in motor vehicle fuel storage tank(s) for gasoline, diesel, biomass-based diesel, biomass-based diesel blends, gasoline-ether, and other fuels exceed allowable limits (Ref. OAR 603-027-0440).
(c) GRAVITY 3 (Major):
(A) Automotive fuel rating of the gasoline does not meet the minimum antiknock index (AKI) posted on the dispenser or certified on the invoice, bill of lading, shipping paper, or other documentation. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420 and 603-027-0430);
(B) Gasoline minimum motor octane number is less than 82 for gasoline with an AKI of 87 or greater;
(C) Gasoline does not meet ASTM standards (Ref. OAR 603-207-0420);
(D) Gasoline offered for sale with a lead substitute that does not meet requirements for a lead substitute gasoline. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(E) Ethanol intended for blending with gasoline does not meet the requirements of ASTM D 4806, "Standard Specification for Denatured Fuel Ethanol for Blending with gasolines for Use as Automotive Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel". (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(F) Gasoline sold or offered for sale does not meet gasoline-ethanol blend requirements (Ref OAR 603-027-0420);
(G) Gasoline Additive Restrictions: A wholesale dealer, retail dealer, or nonretail dealer selling or offering for sale gasoline blended or mixed with prohibited additives. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(H) Diesel fuel offered for sale does not meet ASTM standards (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(I) Winter or Winterized diesel fuel offered for sale does not meet Standard Fuel Specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(J) Premium diesel fuel offered for sale does not meet Standard Fuel Specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(K) Biodiesel intended for blending with diesel fuel does not meet ASTM Standard Fuel Specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(L) Biodiesel blend offered for sale does not meet fuel specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(M) Each batch or production lot of biodiesel produced in or imported into Oregon not analyzed and issued a Certificate of Analysis prior to blending, sale, or offered for sale in Oregon. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(N) Biodiesel Certificate of Analysis expired prior to blending, sale, or offer for sale in Oregon. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(O) Biodiesel not analyzed for and complying with the visual appearance test (ASTM D 4176) upon its first receipt at a wholesale facility and prior to commingling with existing product. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(P) Biodiesel not analyzed and the Certificate of Analysis issued by a motor fuel laboratory complying with OAR 603-027-0420 prior to blending, sale, or offer for sale in Oregon. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(Q) Biomass-based diesel sold or offered for sale does not meet fuel specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(R) Biomass-based diesel blends sold or offered for sale do not meet fuel specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(S) Diesel fuel sold or offered for sale does not meet diesel-biodiesel and biomass-based diesel blend requirements. (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(T) Biodiesel, biodiesel blends, biomass-based diesel, biomass-based diesel blends, or any combination thereof content not to nearest 1 volume percent for blends through 5 percent by volume or not to nearest 2 volume percent for blends greater than 5 percent by volume through 20 percent by volume (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(U) Aviation gasoline does not meet the requirements of ASTM D 910, "Standard Specification for Aviation Gasolines". (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(V) E85 Fuel Ethanol offered for sale does not meet ASTM Standard Fuel Specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420);
(W) M85 Fuel Methanol offered for sale does not meet ASTM Standard Fuel Specifications (Ref. OAR 603-027-0420).

Notes

Or. Admin. R. 603-027-0490
AD 19-1997, f. 12-9-97, cert. ef. 1-1-98; DOA 5-2002, f. & cert. ef. 1-28-02; DOA 17-2006, f. & cert. ef. 9-26-06; DOA 8-2008, f. & cert. ef. 2-15-08; DOA 12-2008(Temp), f. 3-14-08, cert. ef. 3-17-08 thru 9-12-08; DOA 21-2008, f. & cert. ef. 9-11-08; DOA 11-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-24-09 thru 1-17-10; DOA 16-2009, f. 12-23-09, cert. ef. 1-1-10; DOA 19-2010, f. & cert. ef. 9-14-10; DOA 24-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-11; DOA 17-2016, f. & cert. ef. 8/4/2016; DOA 27-2021, amend filed 11/30/2021, effective 1/1/2022

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Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 561.190, OL 1997, Ch. 310 (SB 414) & 646.905 - 646.990

Statutes/Other Implemented: OL 1997, Ch. 310 (SB 414), ORS 646.905 - 646.990 & 183

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