Oregon Statutes - Chapter 465 - Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials I - Section 465.430 - Legislative findings.

(1)(a) The Legislative Assembly finds that existing federal and state law related to liability of a security interest holder for environmental contamination is unclear, and that such lack of clarity has created uncertainty on the part of security interest holders as to whether security interest holders are liable for environmental contamination caused by their borrowers or other third parties.

(b) The Legislative Assembly therefore declares that clarification regarding such potential liability in a manner consistent with federal statutes and regulations is desirable in order to provide certainty for security interest holders and to encourage responsible practices by security interest holders and borrowers to protect the public health and the environment.

(2)(a) The Legislative Assembly also finds that uncertainty exists in state law as to potential liability of certain fiduciaries for environmental contamination at property held in their fiduciary capacity.

(b) The Legislative Assembly therefore declares that it is in the public interest to provide an exemption from such potential liability in certain circumstances. [1991 c.680 §3]

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