Chapter 17.52


17.52.010    Purpose.

17.52.020    General provisions.

17.52.030    Noise.

17.52.040    Visible emissions.

17.52.050    Vibration.

17.52.060    Odors.

17.52.070    Glare and heat.

17.52.080    Insects and rodents.

17.52.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to apply certain federal and state environmental laws, rules, and regulations to development within the city of St. Helens. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.010, 2003)

17.52.020 General provisions.

(1) In addition to the regulations adopted in this chapter, each use, activity, or operation within the city of St. Helens shall comply with the applicable state and federal standards pertaining to noise, odor, and discharge of matter into the atmosphere, ground, sewer system, or stream.

(a) Regulations adopted by the State Environmental Quality Commission pertaining to nonpoint source pollution control and contained in the Oregon Administrative Rules shall by this reference be made a part of this chapter.

(2) Prior to issuance of a building permit, the director may require submission of evidence demonstrating compliance with state, federal, and local environmental regulations and receipt of necessary permits, e.g., air contaminant discharge permits (ACDP) or indirect source construction permits (ISCP).

(3) Compliance with state, federal, and local environmental regulations is the continuing obligation of the property owner and operator. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.020, 2003)

17.52.030 Noise.

For the purposes of noise regulation, the provisions of St. Helens Ordinance 2405 (Chapter 8.16 SHMC), or successive ordinances governing noise, shall apply as the standard. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.030, 2003)

17.52.040 Visible emissions.

Within the commercial and industrial park zoning districts, there shall be no use, operation, or activity which results in a stack or other point source emission, other than an emission from space heating, or the emission of pure uncombined water (steam) which is visible from a property line except where permits have been obtained from the Department of Environmental Quality. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.040, 2003)

17.52.050 Vibration.

No vibration longer than 30 continuous seconds or a frequency of greater than once per hour other than that caused by highway vehicles, trains, and aircraft is permitted in any given zoning district which is discernible without instruments at the property line of the use concerned. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.050, 2003)

17.52.060 Odors.

The emission of odorous gases or other matter in such quantities as to be readily detectable at any point beyond the property line of the use creating the odors is prohibited. DEQ rules for odors (OAR 340-028-090) apply. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.060, 2003)

17.52.070 Glare and heat.

No direct or sky-reflected glare, whether from floodlights or from high temperature processes such as combustion or welding or otherwise, which is visible at the lot line shall be permitted, and:

(1) There shall be no emission or transmission of heat or heated air which is discernible at the lot line of the source; and

(2) These regulations shall not apply to signs or floodlights in parking areas or construction equipment at the time of construction or excavation work otherwise permitted by this code. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.070, 2003)

17.52.080 Insects and rodents.

All materials including wastes shall be stored and all grounds shall be maintained in a manner which will not attract or aid the propagation of insects or rodents or create a health hazard. (Ord. 2875 § 1.098.080, 2003)