Oregon Statutes - Chapter 454 - Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems - Section 454.645 - Enforcement when health hazard exists.

(1) Whenever a subsurface sewage disposal system, alternative sewage disposal system or a nonwater-carried sewage disposal facility or part thereof presents or threatens to present a public health hazard creating an emergency requiring immediate action to protect the public health, safety and welfare, the Department of Environmental Quality may institute an action. The action may be commenced without the necessity of prior administrative procedures, or at any time during such administrative proceedings, if such proceedings have been commenced. The action shall be in the name of the State of Oregon and may petition for a mandatory injunction compelling the person or governmental unit in control of the system or facility to cease and desist operation or to make such improvements or corrections as are necessary to remove the public health hazard or threat thereof.

(2) Cases filed under provisions of this section or any appeal therefrom shall be given preference on the docket over all other civil cases except those given an equal preference by statute.

(3) Nothing in this section is intended to prevent the maintenance of actions for legal or equitable remedies relating to private or public nuisances or for recovery of damages brought by private persons or by the state on relation of any person. [1973 c.835 §212; 1975 c.167 §4; 1979 c.284 §148]

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