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NOTE: §2195 Section heading eff. until July 1, 2022. See Acts 2021, No. 114.

§2195. Motor Fuels Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund

NOTE: §2195 Section heading as amended by Acts 2021, No. 114, eff. July 1, 2022.

§2195. Motor Fuels Underground Storage Tank Trust Dedicated Fund Account

            A. The legislature hereby finds and declares that the preservation of its groundwater is a matter of highest urgency and priority, as these waters provide a primary source of potable water in this state and that the leakage of motor fuels from underground storage tanks within the state poses threats of damage to the environment of this state, to citizens of the state, and to interests deriving livelihood from this state. It further finds and declares that such hazards have occurred in the past, are now occurring, and will continue to occur, and that remediation of contamination of surface water, groundwater, or soils should be conducted with all due haste, and to the extent possible those persons who have owned such storage tanks should bear the costs of such remediation, and that such remediation should be done under the supervision and regulation of the department. The legislature also declares that taxpayers' funds should, to the greatest extent possible, not be used for the payment of the cost of such remediation, that the state should be encouraged where possible to use assistance from private sources for the payment of these costs, that where private sources cannot obtain insurance or other means of financial assurances to pay for said remediation that a state private contractor agreement between the state and the private legal entity administered by the secretary of the department can best provide assurance of financial responsibility for remediation of leaking motor fuel underground storage tanks.

NOTE: Subsections (B) through (F)(1) eff. until July 1, 2022. See Acts 2021, No. 114.

            B. There is hereby established a special custodial trust fund in the state treasury to be known as the Motor Fuel Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund, hereafter referred to as the "Tank Trust Fund", into which the state treasurer shall, each fiscal year, deposit the revenues received from the collection of the fees as established in R.S. 30:2195.3(A)(1)(a) and (B). The secretary is authorized pursuant to Article VII, Section 9(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana and R.S. 30:2031 to enter into an agreement with a private legal entity to receive and administer the Tank Trust Fund for the purpose of providing financial responsibility for underground motor fuel storage tanks. On an annual basis, all owners of registered tanks shall remit to the department a tank registration fee of sixty dollars for each tank. The revenue from the tank registration fees shall be deposited directly into the Environmental Trust Dedicated Fund Account as provided by R.S. 30:2015 and utilized for underground storage tank activities only, and any deviation from the aforesaid shall be documented and reported to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Revenues received from annual maintenance and monitoring fees, other than those established in R.S. 30:2195.3(B), shall be deposited into the Environmental Trust Dedicated Fund Account. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of this Section in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:950 et seq.

            C. Monies so deposited in the Environmental Trust Dedicated Fund Account shall be used to defray the cost to the state of administering the underground storage tank program and the cost of investigation, testing, containment, control, and cleanup of releases from underground storage tanks containing regulated substances. Only monies recovered pursuant to R.S. 30:2195.2(A)(2) and deposited in the Tank Trust Fund may be used for the loans authorized by R.S. 30:2195.12(E). These monies shall also be used to provide money or services as the state share of matching funds for federal grants involving underground storage tanks. At the end of each fiscal year, all monies that were deposited into the Environmental Trust Dedicated Fund Account from the fees established in R.S. 30:2195.3(A)(1)(a) and (B) which remain unspent, including all accrued interest, shall be transferred to the Tank Trust Fund.

            D. The funds placed in the Tank Trust Fund shall only be used in accordance with the terms and conditions of R.S. 30:2194 through 2195.9 and shall not be placed in the general fund but shall be subject to the appropriation process of the legislature. The monies in the Tank Trust Fund shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as monies in the state general fund.

            E. Annually, the department shall prepare a report for the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality of all disbursements of monies from the Tank Trust Fund and the Environmental Trust Dedicated Fund Account. The report shall include all loans made from the Tank Trust Fund, the number of sites actively seeking reimbursement from the Tank Trust Fund as of June thirtieth of each year, the number of sites deemed eligible for the Tank Trust Fund during the previous fiscal year, and the number of sites that have been granted "No Further Action", and the department has received the last application for reimbursement during the previous fiscal year. Regarding disbursements from the Tank Trust Fund as provided by R.S. 30:2195.2, the report shall include a list of all reimbursements, all pending reimbursements, the date the application was made for reimbursement, and the date reimbursement was made by the department. The report shall be delivered to the respective legislative committees no later than March first of each year.

            F.(1) All interest monies earned by the Motor Fuels Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund and all monies received from payments that are the result of cost recovery efforts shall be used for the closure of abandoned motor fuel underground storage tanks, assessment and remediation of property contaminated by abandoned motor fuel underground storage tanks, and the loans authorized by R.S. 30:2195.12(E).

NOTE: Subsections (B) through (F)(1) as amended by Acts 2021, No. 114, eff. July 1, 2022.

            B. There is hereby established a special statutorily dedicated fund account in the state treasury to be known as the Motor Fuel Underground Storage Tank Trust Dedicated Fund Account, hereafter referred to in this Chapter as the "Tank Trust Account", into which the state treasurer shall, each fiscal year, deposit the revenues received from the collection of the fees as established in R.S. 30:2195.3(A)(1)(a) and (B). The secretary is authorized pursuant to Article VII, Section 9(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana and R.S. 30:2031 to enter into an agreement with a private legal entity to receive and administer the Tank Trust Account for the purpose of providing financial responsibility for underground motor fuel storage tanks. On an annual basis, all owners of registered tanks shall remit to the department a tank registration fee of sixty dollars for each tank. The revenue from the tank registration fees shall be deposited directly into the Environmental Trust Account as provided by R.S. 30:2015 and utilized for underground storage tank activities only, and any deviation from the aforesaid shall be documented and reported to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Revenues received from annual maintenance and monitoring fees, other than those established in R.S. 30:2195.3(B), shall be deposited into the Environmental Trust Account. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of this Section in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:950 et seq.

            C. Monies so deposited in the Environmental Trust Account shall be used to defray the cost to the state of administering the underground storage tank program and the cost of investigation, testing, containment, control, and cleanup of releases from underground storage tanks containing regulated substances. Only monies recovered pursuant to R.S. 30:2195.2(A)(2) and deposited in the Tank Trust Account may be used for the loans authorized by R.S. 30:2195.12(E). These monies shall also be used to provide money or services as the state share of matching funds for federal grants involving underground storage tanks. At the end of each fiscal year, all monies that were deposited into the Environmental Trust Account from the fees established in R.S. 30:2195.3(A)(1)(a) and (B) which remain unspent, including all accrued interest, shall be transferred to the Tank Trust Account.

            D. The funds placed in the Tank Trust Account shall only be used in accordance with the terms and conditions of R.S. 30:2194 through 2195.9 and shall not be placed in the general fund but shall be subject to the appropriation process of the legislature. The monies in the Tank Trust Account shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as monies in the state general fund. Monies deposited into this account shall be categorized as fees and self-generated revenue for the sole purpose of reporting related to the executive budget, supporting documents, and general appropriation bills and shall be available for annual appropriation by the legislature.

            E. Annually, the department shall prepare a report for the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality of all disbursements of monies from the Tank Trust Account and the Environmental Trust Account. The report shall include all loans made from the Tank Trust Account, the number of sites actively seeking reimbursement from the Tank Trust Account as of June thirtieth of each year, the number of sites deemed eligible for the Tank Trust Account during the previous fiscal year, and the number of sites that have been granted "No Further Action", and the department has received the last application for reimbursement during the previous fiscal year. Regarding disbursements from the Tank Trust Account as provided by R.S. 30:2195.2, the report shall include a list of all reimbursements, all pending reimbursements, the date the application was made for reimbursement, and the date reimbursement was made by the department. The report shall be delivered to the respective legislative committees no later than March first of each year.

            F.(1) All interest monies earned by the Tank Trust Account and all monies received from payments that are the result of cost recovery efforts shall be used for the closure of abandoned motor fuel underground storage tanks, assessment and remediation of property contaminated by abandoned motor fuel underground storage tanks, and the loans authorized by R.S. 30:2195.12(E).

            (2) The state shall have a lien or privilege against immovable property for the costs incurred for closure of abandoned motor fuel underground storage tanks and for costs incurred associated with the assessment and remediation of property contaminated by an abandoned motor fuel underground storage tank. Following the expenditure of funds by the state of Louisiana through the department, such lien or privilege may be perfected against such property by filing a notice of lien containing the name of the current record owner and the legal description of the immovable property in the mortgage records of the parish in which the immovable property is located. Except as otherwise provided in this Paragraph, the lien of the state, through the Department of Environmental Quality, shall have priority in rank over all other privileges, liens, encumbrances, or other security interest affecting the property. As to all privileges, liens, encumbrances, or other security interests affecting the property that are filed or otherwise perfected before the filing of the notice of lien of the state authorized by this Section, such prior recorded security interests shall have priority over the state lien, but only to the extent of the fair market value that the property had prior to closure, assessment, or remedial action by the state, and prior recorded security interests shall be subordinate to the state lien for any amount in excess of the fair market value of the property prior to such closure, assessment, or remediation.

            (3) A tank may be declared to be an abandoned motor fuel underground storage tank by the secretary upon a finding that all of the following apply to the site:

            (a) It has received motor fuels in an underground storage tank.

            (b) The motor fuel underground storage tank was not closed or the site was not assessed or remediated in accordance with the requirements of this Subtitle and the regulations adopted hereunder.

            (c) It constitutes or may constitute a danger or potential danger to the public health or the environment.

            (d) It has no financially responsible owner or operator who can be located, or such person has failed or refused to undertake action ordered by the secretary pursuant to R.S. 30:2194 and the regulations adopted thereunder.

NOTE: Subparagraph (e) eff. until July 1, 2022. See Acts 2021, No. 114.

            (e) The release at the site is not eligible for the Motor Fuels Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund or the secretary has determined that action by the department is the most timely and efficient way to address conditions at the site.

NOTE: Subparagraph (e) as amended by Acts 2021, No. 114, eff. July 1, 2022.

            (e) The release at the site is not eligible for the Tank Trust Account or the secretary has determined that action by the department is the most timely and efficient way to address conditions at the site.

            Acts 1985, No. 493, §1, eff. July 12, 1985; Acts 1995, No. 336, §1, eff. June 16, 1995; Acts 1997, No. 27, §1; Acts 1999, No. 303, §1, eff. June 14, 1999; Acts 1999, No. 348, §1, eff. June 16, 1999; Acts 2001, No. 1121, §1; Acts 2002, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 134, §1, eff. July 1, 2002; Acts 2004, No. 692, §1, eff. July 6, 2004; Acts 2008, No. 580, §2; Acts 2016, No. 451, §1; Acts 2016, No. 521, §1; Acts 2018, No. 612, §9, eff. July 1, 2020; Acts 2019, No. 404, §1, eff. July 1, 2020; Acts 2021, No. 114, §6, eff. July 1, 2022.



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