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17.24.067 Hazardous Substances.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185397, effective July 6, 2012.) 

A.  “Utility corridor fill” means fill that:

1.   Meets the requirements of the City’s Standard Construction Specifications;

2.  May be handled without the need for monitoring of exposure to contaminants under the Oregon OSHA occupational standards for maintenance workers or the use of personal protection equipment above Level D as described in 29 CFR 1910.120;

3.  Meets the current DEQ definition of clean fill in OAR 340-093; and

4.  The concentrations of any contaminants of concern in the fill material are below the DEQ soil and sediment clean fill screening levels for terrestrial and upland use.

B.  “Right-of-way access area” means:

1.  The area within a public right-of-way to a minimum depth of five feet below the final street and sidewalk grade and;

2.  Any additional depth or width necessary for maintenance of public or private infrastructure including but not limited to sewers, hydrants, meters, conduits and pole bases as required by the Director of the Bureau of Transportation.

C.  “Contaminant barrier” means a visual and physical barrier that is of a material, construction and thickness sufficient to minimize transmission of hazardous substances present in the surrounding fill to the utility fill and provide a visual demarcation of the boundary of the utility fill as specified in the City’s standard construction specifications or as approved by the Director of the Bureau of Transportation with the concurrence of the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services.

D.  In addition to the requirements of this Chapter, permittees shall comply with applicable state and federal laws, regulations and orders concerning hazardous substances including but not limited to their use, storage, handling, disposal, remediation, spill reporting and release reporting.

E.  Except as provided in Subsection 17.24.067 H., all fill placed in the right-of-way access area as part of a project permitted under this Chapter shall be utility corridor fill.

F.  Permittees shall excavate soil or fill that does not meet the definition of utility corridor fill that is encountered in the right-of-way access area during permitted work and replace it with utility corridor fill.

G.  If the soil immediately outside of the right-of-way access area does not meet the definition of utility corridor fill, a contaminant barrier shall be placed between the utility corridor fill and surrounding fill.

H.  On a site-specific basis, the Director of the Bureau of Transportation with the concurrence of the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services may allow the placement of fill that does not meet the definition of utility corridor fill in the right-of-way access area.

I.  If a permittee is required under state, federal or local law to report a spill or release of hazardous substances that occurs at, on, over, under or affects the public right-of-way, the permittee must the Bureau of Environmental Services Spill Prevention and Citizen Response Section within 24 hours of such a spill unless otherwise required by state, federal or local law.

J.  If a permittee encounters contaminated media within the public right-of-way that poses an imminent threat to human health, the environment, or the waters of the State or requires the use of personal protective equipment above Level D to conduct the permitted work, the Permittee must notify the Director of Bureau of Transportation and Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services within two business days of encountering the contaminated media.