Oregon Statutes - Chapter 469 - Energy; Conservation Programs; Energy Facilities - Section 469.360 - Evaluation of site applications; costs; payment.

(1) The Energy Facility Siting Council shall evaluate each site certificate application. As part of its evaluation, the council may commission an independent study by an independent contractor, state agency, local government or any other person, of any aspect of the proposed facility within its statutory authority to review. The council may compensate a state agency or local government for expenses related to:

(a) Review of the notice of intent, the application or a request for an expedited review;

(b) The state agency’s or local government’s participation in a council proceeding; and

(c) The performance of specific studies necessary to complete the council’s statutory evaluation of the application.

(2) The council may enter into a contract under subsection (1) of this section only after the council makes a determination that the council is unable to fully evaluate the application without assistance and identifies specific issues to be addressed and only pursuant to a written contract or agreement with the independent contractor, state agency, local government or other person. The council shall compensate the independent contractor, state agency, local government or other person only to the extent the costs are directly related to issues identified by the council.

(3) The council shall provide funding to state agencies, cities or counties required to contract with another entity to complete comments and recommendations pursuant to ORS 469.350.

(4) In addition to compensating state agencies and local governments pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, the council may provide funding to the Department of Environmental Quality for the department to conduct modeling and provide technical assistance to expedite preparation, submission and review of applications for permits under ORS 468A.040 required for energy facilities. [Formerly 453.355; 1987 c.450 §1; 1989 c.88 §3; 1993 c.569 §7; 1995 c.505 §10; 2001 c.683 §11]

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