Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 2. Montana Underground Storage Tank Installer and Inspector Licensing and Permitting Act

Administrative Enforcement

75-11-218. Administrative enforcement. (1) When the department believes that a person has violated this part, a rule adopted under this part, or a permit provision, it may serve written notice of the violation on the person or the person's agent. The notice must specify the alleged violation and the facts that constitute the alleged violation. The notice may include an order to provide information pertaining to the installation, closure, or inspection, an order to take necessary corrective action within a reasonable time as stated in the order, or an order assessing an administrative penalty pursuant to 75-11-223. A notice and order must be signed by the director of the department or the director's designee and must be served personally or by certified mail upon the person or the person's agent. The order becomes final unless, within 30 days after the notice is served, the person requests in writing a hearing before the board. On receipt of the request, the board shall schedule a hearing. Service by mail is complete on the date of mailing.

(2) If, pursuant to a hearing held under subsection (1), the board finds that a violation has occurred, it shall either affirm or modify the department's order. An order issued by the department or the board may prescribe the date by which the violation must cease and may prescribe time limits for particular action. If, after a hearing, the board finds that a violation has not occurred, it shall rescind the department's order.

(3) In addition to or instead of issuing an order pursuant to subsection (1), the department may either:

(a) require the alleged violator to appear before the board for a hearing at a time and place specified in the notice and answer the charges described in the notice of violation; or

(b) initiate action under 75-11-219, 75-11-223, or 75-11-224.

(4) This section does not prevent the board or department from attempting to obtain voluntary compliance through issuance of a warning, a conference, or any other appropriate administrative or judicial means.

(5) The contested case provisions of the Montana Administrative Procedure Act, Title 2, chapter 4, part 6, apply to a hearing held under this section.

History: En. Sec. 11, Ch. 594, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 10, Ch. 200, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 506, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 443, L. 2005.