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      RS 30:2224     


§2224.  Contingency plans; agency coordination

A.  In administering this Chapter, the department shall:

(1)  Develop contingency plans and adopt guidelines for the containment, closure, and post-closure maintenance of inactive and abandoned hazardous waste sites; and

(2)  Develop and periodically revise cooperative agreements with the state Departments of Wildlife and Fisheries, Public Safety and Corrections, the Military Department, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Coast Guard, and all other appropriate local, state, and federal agencies, whereby personnel, equipment, and materials in possession or under control of these departments and agencies may be diverted and utilized to address inactive or abandoned hazardous waste sites under the following, nonexclusive conditions:

(a)  Personnel, equipment, and materials may be diverted only with the approval of the heads of the respective state departments and agencies, or their designated representative, or by order of the governor;

(b)  All expenses and costs of use or acquisition of equipment and materials and their replacement, costs of sampling and testing, or other expenses that result directly from responding to an inactive or abandoned hazardous waste site, shall be paid by responsible persons or from the Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Fund; and

(c)  Subsequent to activities in response to waste sites, a full report of all expenditures and significant actions shall be prepared and submitted to the governor and secretary by the heads of all state agencies and departments involved in the activities.

B.  The secretary or his representative shall coordinate the state response to a waste site with any on-scene coordinator designated by federal law.  Nothing in this Chapter, however, shall prevent the department from responding independently to an inactive or abandoned waste site where no on-scene coordinator is present or no action is being taken by the federal government.  In all appropriate cases the secretary shall seek reimbursement from the designated agencies of the federal government for all costs incurred in addressing inactive or abandoned hazardous waste sites including but not limited to costs of personnel, equipment, use of equipment, and supplies.

C.  The secretary or his representative shall be the state contact and coordinator for all negotiations and site responses under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.

Added by Acts 1983, No. 547, §2, eff. July 14, 1983; Acts 1999, No. 193, §1, eff. June 9, 1999; Acts 1999, No. 303, §1, eff. June 14, 1999.

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