Department of Environmental Quality

Present Duties

Lloyd 700 Building
The Lloyd 700 Building in Portland's Lloyd District. It holds the central offices of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is responsible for protecting and enhancing Oregon’s water, air and land quality; managing the proper disposal of solid and hazardous wastes; providing assistance in cleaning up contaminated properties; and enforcing Oregon’s environmental laws. The agency was formed in 1969 to replace the State Sanitary Authority, which was created in 1938 when citizens overwhelmingly supported an initiative to clean up the Willamette River.

With increasingly complex environmental problems, DEQ’s role has expanded to fight climate change with policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent toxic chemical releases and reduce risks from toxins already in the environment. DEQ encourages personal responsibility by providing communities with technical assistance. The agency director has the authority to issue civil penalties for violations of pollution laws and standards. DEQ relies on several citizen advisory committees and government officials to guide its decisions.

DEQ employs approximately 700 scientists, engineers, geologists, toxicologists, inspectors, legal and policy staff, technicians, managers and professional support staff across the state. DEQ’s headquarters are located in Portland, with regional offices throughout the state.​
Agency Website

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600, Portland 97232
Telephone: 503-229-5696; Toll-free (Oregon only): 1-800-452-4011
Fax: 503-229-6124
Contact: Richard Whitman, Director; Leah Feldon, Deputy Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Environmental Quality​
Records Officer Email: Leela Yellesetty
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 454, 459, 466, 467, 468

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency