Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 1. Coal-Fired Generating Unit Remediation Act

Enforcement Of Plan -- Penalty

75-8-109. Enforcement of plan -- penalty. (1) If the department finds that an owner has failed to file a plan or implement an approved plan, it may serve written notice of the violation, by certified mail, on the owner. The notice must specify the provisions of this part and the facts alleged to constitute a violation. The notice must include an order to take necessary corrective action within a reasonable period of time. The time period must be stated in the order. Service by mail is complete on the date of mailing.

(2) The department's order becomes final unless, within 30 days after notice of the department's decision or determination, the owner submits to the department a written request for a hearing specifying the grounds for the appeal.

(3) (a) An action initiated under this section may include an administrative penalty determined by the department for each day of a violation. If an order issued by the department under this section requires the payment of an administrative civil penalty, the department shall state findings and conclusions describing the basis for its penalty assessment.

(b) Administrative penalties collected under this section must be deposited in the environmental quality protection fund established in 75-10-704.

(c) In determining the amount of penalty to be assessed for an alleged violation under this section, the department shall consider the penalty factors in 75-1-1001.

(d) The department may bring a judicial action to enforce a final administrative order issued pursuant to this subsection (3). The action must be filed in the district court of the first judicial district, Lewis and Clark County.

History: En. Sec. 9, Ch. 320, L. 2017.