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      RS 30:2195.3     

  

NOTE: Section Heading eff. until July 1, 2022. See Acts 2021, No. 114.

§2195.3. Source of funding; limitations on disbursements from the Tank Trust Fund; limit on amount in Tank Trust Fund

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

§2195.3. Source of funding; limitations on disbursements from the Tank Trust Account; limit on amount in Tank Trust Account

            A.(1)(a) A fee is imposed on the first sale or delivery of a motor fuel upon withdrawal from bulk of that fuel. This fee shall not, however, apply to new or used motor oil. Each operator of a bulk facility on withdrawal from bulk of a motor fuel shall either retain or collect from the person who ordered the fuel a fee in an amount determined as follows:

            (i) An amount not to exceed seventy-two dollars for each separate withdrawal of nine thousand gallons as determined by the secretary after consideration of the recommendations of the board as provided for in R.S. 30:2195.8(A).

            (ii) For withdrawals either greater or smaller than nine thousand gallons, the fee shall be adjusted by the cent-per-gallon conversion equivalent calculated according to the fee established in Item (A)(1)(a)(i) of this Section.

            (b) However, those persons ordering the withdrawal of motor fuel from a bulk facility into a cargo tank which is directly transported and completely unloaded into either tanks exempted from registration requirements as provided by R.S. 30:2194(C), those underground storage tanks exempted from taxation pursuant to R.S. 47:715 and 720, or those underground storage tanks identified in R.S. 30:2195.2(B)(1)(a) and (b) shall not be required to pay the fees established by this Paragraph. These fees shall also not apply to exchanges between registered and certified bulk facilities.

            (2) The fee required under this Section shall be computed on the net (60 degrees fahrenheit) amount of a motor fuel delivered into a cargo tank.

            (3) Any person who imports motor fuel in a cargo tank or a barge destined for delivery into an underground storage tank, shall pay to the secretary a fee on a number of gallons imported, computed as provided by Paragraph (A)(1) of this Section. If a bulk facility operator imports motor fuel in a cargo tank or a barge, the bulk facility operator is not required to pay the fee on that imported motor fuel if the motor fuel is delivered to a bulk facility from which the motor fuel will be withdrawn from bulk.

            (4) Within thirty days of beginning operation of a bulk facility, each operator of a bulk facility and each person covered by Paragraph (3) of this Subsection shall file an application with the secretary for a certificate to deliver motor fuels into a cargo tank destined for delivery into underground storage tanks, regardless of whether these tanks are exempted from the registration requirements of R.S. 30:2194(C). All applications shall be filed utilizing a form approved by the secretary. A certificate issued by the secretary under this Subsection is valid on and after the date of its issuance and until the certificate is surrendered by the holder or cancelled by the secretary.

            (5) Fees required by this Section shall not apply to a delivery of motor fuel destined for export from this state.

            (6) All invoices or transaction statements issued by operators of bulk facilities for the transfer of motor fuels into a cargo tank shall clearly indicate whether or not the transaction was a withdrawal from bulk as defined by R.S. 30:2194. All records documenting transfers to and from bulk facilities shall be maintained for four years and be available for inspection by the department upon request.

            (7) Each operator of a bulk facility shall list, as a separate line item on each invoice, the amount of the fees due under this Section, and file the report with the secretary and remit the amount of fees required to be collected or paid during the preceding month. The report and any fees required shall be deemed received if postmarked on or before the twenty-fifth day of the month following the end of each calendar month, and shall be filed on a form approved by the secretary. Filing of the report and remittance of the fee is required of each operator of a bulk facility, regardless of whether the certificate specified in Paragraph (4) of this Subsection is sought or obtained. Fees not received in a timely manner will be subject to a late penalty of an additional five percent per month of the calculated fee that is not remitted. Late penalty charges shall not exceed fifteen percent of the fee that is not remitted for a particular month. Failure to pay the fee in accordance with this Section within ninety days after the due date shall constitute a violation and shall subject the person to applicable enforcement actions under the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act, including but not limited to revocation or suspension of the applicable permit, license, registration, or variance.

            (8) All invoices, reports, and any other records required under this Section as well as rules adopted by the secretary pursuant to this Section, or copies thereof, shall be retained for a period of four years after the date on which the document is prepared.

            (9) Repealed by Acts 1995, No. 336, §2, eff. June 16, 1995.

            (10) Repealed by Acts 2018, No. 150, §2.

            (11) A bulk facility operator may retain an amount not to exceed one percent of the monthly fee collected pursuant to Paragraph (1) of this Subsection by that operator as compensation for collecting and remitting the fee. One percent of the fee can be retained by the bulk facility operator if the report and fee are remitted to the secretary in the time frame specified in Paragraph (7) of this Subsection.

            B. All owners of motor fuel underground storage tanks storing new or used motor oil shall pay to the secretary a fee not to exceed two hundred seventy-five dollars per eligible underground motor fuel storage tank per year. Late fees shall be established by the department by rule in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. Failure to pay the prescribed fee as provided herein, within ninety days after the due date, shall constitute a violation and shall subject the person to applicable enforcement actions under the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act, including but not limited to revocation or suspension of the applicable permit, license, registration, or variance.

NOTE: Subsection C eff. until July 1, 2022. See Acts 2021, No. 114.

            C. The secretary shall not make any disbursements from the Tank Trust Fund to any person who has not complied with and paid the fee assessment as required by Subsection B of this Section.

NOTE: Subsection C as amended by Acts 2021, No. 114, eff. July 1, 2022.

            C. The secretary shall not make any disbursements from the Tank Trust Account to any person who has not complied with and paid the fee assessment as required by Subsection B of this Section.

            Acts 1988, No. 767, §2, eff. July 15, 1988; Acts 1989, No. 513, §1; Acts 1990, No. 1014, §§1, 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Acts 1991, No. 890, §1; Acts 1993, No. 176, §1; Acts 1995, No. 336, §§1, 2, eff. June 16, 1995; Acts 1999, No. 348, §1, eff. June 16, 1999; Acts 1999, No. 349, §1, eff. June 16, 1999; Acts 2001, No. 550, §1; Acts 2004, No. 692, §1, eff. July 6, 2004; Acts 2016, No. 521, §1; Acts 2018, No. 150, §§1, 2; Acts 2021, No. 114, §18, eff. July 1, 2022.



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