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Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2016
Hazardous Waste Fee Health and Safety Code
CHAPTER 6.5 HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTROL
Article 6.5 Hazardous Waste Haulers
25169. Hazardous waste transporters' responsibility to respond in damages. (a) Every transporter of hazardous waste shall maintain ability to respond in damages resulting from the operation of that business. The ability to respond in damages includes the ability to respond to public liability, as provided in subdivision (c). For purposes of this section only, "public liability" means liability for bodily injury, including injury to the body, sickness, or disease to any person, and death resulting from any such injury, sickness, or disease; for property damage, including damage to, or loss of use of, tangible property; and for environmental restoration, including restitution for the loss, damage, or destruction of natural resources arising out of the accidental discharge, dispersal, release, or escape into or upon the land, atmosphere, watercourse, or body of water, of any commodity transported by a motor carrier. This liability includes the cost of removal and the cost of necessary measures taken to minimize or mitigate damage or potential for damage to human health, the natural environment, fish, shellfish, and wildlife.
(b) The department shall, within 15 working days of being informed of any violation of subdivision (a), transmit a notice of violation to the transporter suspected of the violation. If the transporter so notified does not present proof of compliance with subdivision (a) to the department's satisfaction within 30 days of transmittal of the notice, the department shall immediately, notwithstanding Section 25186, suspend the transporter's registration. If proof of compliance is not submitted within 60 days, the registration shall immediately be revoked, notwithstanding Section 25186. A transporter whose registration is revoked pursuant to this subdivision may apply again for registration upon furnishing proof of compliance with subdivision (a).
(c) The ability to respond to public liability means having a policy of insurance coverage issued by an insurer or a surety bond issued by a surety, which meets both of the following requirements:
(1) The policy or bond has the liability limits specified for carriers of hazardous wastes by the Department of Transportation in Part 387 (commencing with Section 387.1) of Subchapter B of Chapter 111 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, except that coverage shall be in the amount of one million two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000) for waste petroleum in bulk shipments, and six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) for vehicles under 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.
(2) The policy's or bond's terms conform to Form MCS-90 or MCS-82, respectively, as defined and set forth in Sections 387.7 to 387.15, inclusive, of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, or a written decision, order, or authorization to self-insure that complies with paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of Section 387.7 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, adopted pursuant to Section 30 of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 (49 U.S.C. Sec. 10927).
(d) As proof of compliance with subdivision (a), an insurer or surety which provides the insurance coverage or surety bond required by this section shall agree to provide the department with proof of the transporter's ability to respond in damages. An insurer or surety may demonstrate the ability of the transporter to respond to public liability by submitting a completed certificate of insurance on a form provided by the department or a Form MCS-90 or MCS-82, as specified in Section 387.15 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, to the department.
(e) An insurer or surety who has agreed to provide the department with proof of ability to respond in damages, as required by subdivision (d), shall also provide the department with a written or facsimile notice within 24 hours after loss of insurance providing ability to respond in damages, as required by subdivision (d).