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HOUSE BILL NO. 617
INTRODUCED BY K. OHS
AN ACT RESTRUCTURING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE PETROLEUM TANK RELEASE COMPENSATION BOARD; REVISING THE AUTHORITY OF THE BOARD; AMENDING SECTIONS 2-15-2108 AND 75-11-318, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 2-15-2108, MCA, is amended to read:
"2-15-2108. Petroleum tank release compensation board. (1) There is a petroleum tank release compensation board.
(2) The board consists of seven members appointed by the governor as follows:
the director of the department of environmental quality or the director's representative a representative of the
financial or banking industry with experience in small business or property loans;
a representative of the state fire prevention and investigation program of the department of justice an attorney
licensed to practice law in Montana with experience in environmental law;
(c) a representative of the petroleum services industry or a representative of the petroleum release remediation consultant industry;
(d) a representative of independent petroleum marketers and chain retailers;
(e) a representative of the general public;
(f) a representative of service station dealers; and
(g) a representative of the insurance industry.
(3) The board shall elect a presiding officer.
(4) The term of membership is 3 years.
(5) Members shall serve without pay, but are entitled to reimbursement for travel, meals, and lodging while engaged in board business, as provided in 2-18-501 through 2-18-503."
Section 2. Section 75-11-318, MCA, is amended to read:
"75-11-318. Powers and duties of board. (1) The board shall administer the petroleum tank release cleanup fund in accordance with the provisions of this part, including the payment of reimbursement to owners and operators.
(2) The board shall determine whether to approve reimbursement of eligible costs under the provisions of 75-11-309(2), shall obligate money from the fund for approved costs, and shall act on requests for the guarantee of payments through the procedures and criteria provided in 75-11-309.
(3) The board may conduct meetings, hold hearings, undertake legal action, and conduct other business
as that may be
necessary to administer its responsibilities under this part. The board shall meet at least quarterly for the purpose of
reviewing and approving claims for reimbursement from the fund and conducting other business as necessary.
board may hire staff, and the department shall provide staff support to the board as the department determines it
is able. The board shall use the fund to pay its staff expenses, to pay:
(a) for department staff used:
(i) for the review or preparation of corrective action plans;
(ii) for the oversight of corrective action undertaken by owners and operators for the purposes of this part
(iii) for the review and processing of claims for reimbursement submitted by owners and operators under this part; and
(b) for department of transportation staff used for the collection of the petroleum storage tank cleanup fee.
(5) The board shall adopt rules to administer this part, including:
(a) rules governing submission of claims by owners or operators to the department and board;
(b) procedures for determining owners or operators who are eligible for reimbursement and determining the validity of claims;
(c) procedures for the review and approval of corrective action plans;
(d) procedures for conducting board meetings, hearings, and other business necessary for the implementation of this part; and
(e) other rules necessary for the administration of this part.
(6) The board may apply for, accept, and repay loans from the board of investments pursuant to 17-6-225."
Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1999.
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