82-4-357. Abatement of environmental emergencies. (1) Whenever an environmental emergency exists, as determined by the department, at an active, temporarily abandoned, or permanently abandoned exploration, mining, ore processing, or hard-rock mill site, the department may enter the site and may apply for and, if approved by the governor, use the funds in the environmental contingency account created in 75-1-1101 to abate the situation on either a temporary or a permanent basis, or both.
(2) The department may bring an action against the operator to recover the abatement costs in the district court of the first judicial district in Lewis and Clark County. Nothing in this section affects the right of the department to retain or pursue forfeiture of any bond posted pursuant to 82-4-338. Expenditures from the environmental contingency account that are recovered under this subsection must be deposited in the environmental contingency account.