The release of hazardous substances into the environment may present imminent and substantial threats to the public health, safety and welfare. In some, but not all cases, the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality become involved to ensure cleanup of contamination. It is not the intent of sections 6.345 to 6.380 of this code to have the city become involved where the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Quality are involved. Due to the limited resources of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Quality, however, those agencies do not always have the ability to immediately respond to the release or identification of hazardous substances which threaten the public health, safety and welfare. The purpose of sections 6.345 to 6.380 is to minimize those threats by ensuring.
(a) Prompt identification of discharges or threats of discharges into the environment of hazardous substances which present imminent risks to the public health, safety and welfare; and
(b) Implementation of removal actions.
The authorizations contained in sections 6.340 to 6.380 of this code are in addition to any other authority the city manager may have under other provisions of this code or applicable federal or state laws or regulations.