82-15-120. Department of environmental quality to enforce prohibition on methyl tertiary butyl ether -- notice requirements -- hearing -- penalties. (1) (a) Whenever the department of environmental quality believes that a violation of 82-15-110(8) or of the rules adopted pursuant to 82-15-102(3) has occurred, it may serve written notice of the violation on the alleged violator or an agent of the alleged violator.
(b) The notice must specify the facts alleged to constitute a violation and may include an order assessing an administrative penalty pursuant to subsection (3), an order to take necessary corrective action within a reasonable period of time stated in the order, or both.
(c) The order becomes final unless, within 30 days after the notice is served, the person named in the order requests in writing a hearing before the board of environmental review. Service by mail is complete on the date of mailing.
(d) Upon receipt of the request, the board of environmental review shall schedule a hearing. The contested case provisions of the Montana Administrative Procedure Act provided in Title 2, chapter 4, part 6, apply to a hearing conducted under this section.
(2) If, after a hearing held under subsection (1), the board of environmental review finds that a violation has occurred, it shall either affirm or modify the order of the department of environmental quality. An order issued by the department of environmental quality or by the board of environmental review may prescribe the date by which the violation must cease and may prescribe time limits for a particular action. If, after hearing, the board of environmental review finds no violation has occurred, it shall rescind the department of environmental quality's order.
(4) Any person who violates 82-15-110(8), a rule adopted pursuant to 82-15-102(3), or an order issued under this section is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for each violation. Each day of violation constitutes a separate violation.
(5) The department of environmental quality is authorized to commence a civil action seeking appropriate relief, including temporary and permanent injunctions and penalties under subsection (4) of this section, for a violation of 82-15-110(8), a rule adopted pursuant to 82-15-102(3), or a violation of an order issued under this section. The action must be brought in the district court of the county in which the violation occurred.