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CHAPTER 6.8 HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE ACCOUNT

Article 5 Uses of the State Account

Section 25353

Text of section operative May 26, 1999

25353. Restriction on funds for removal or remedial actions; withhold by Board of local sales and use tax to repay loans. (a) Except as provided in (b), the department may not expend funds from the state account or the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Fund for a removal or remedial action with respect to a hazardous substance release site owned or operated by the federal government or a state or local agency at the time of disposal to the extent that the federal government or the state or local agency would otherwise be liable for the costs of that action, except that the department may expend those funds, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to oversee the carrying out of a removal or remedial action at the site by another party.

(b) Except as provided in subdivision (f), the department may expend funds from the state account or the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to take a removal or remedial action at a hazardous substance release site which was owned or operated by a local agency at the time of release, if all of the following requirements are met:

(1) The department has substantial evidence that a local agency is not the only responsible party for the site.

(2) The department has issued a cleanup order to, or entered into an enforceable agreement with, the local agency pursuant to Section 25355.5 and has made a final determination that the local agency is not in compliance with the order or enforceable agreement.

(c) The department shall recover any funds expended pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b) to the maximum possible extent pursuant to Section 25360.

(d) If a local agency is identified as a potentially responsible party in a remedial action plan prepared pursuant to Section 25356.1, and the department expends funds pursuant to this chapter to pay for the local agency's share of the removal and remedial action, the expenditure of these funds shall be deemed to be a loan from the state to the local agency. If the department determines that the local agency is not making adequate progress toward repaying the loan made pursuant to this section, the State Board of Equalization shall, upon notice by the department, withhold the unpaid amount of the loan, in increments from the sales and use tax transmittals made pursuant to Section 7204 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, to the city or county in which the local agency is located. The State Board of Equalization shall structure the amounts to be withheld so that complete repayment of the loan, together with interest and administrative charges, occurs within five years after a local agency has been notified by the department of the amount which it owes. The State Board of Equalization shall deposit any funds withheld pursuant to this section in the Hazardous Substance Clearing Account for the purposes specified in Section 25334, if the department expended the funds from the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Fund, or into the state account, if the department expended the funds from the state account.

(e) The department may not expend funds from the state account or the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Fund for the purposes specified in Section 25352 where the injury, degradation, destruction, or loss to natural resources, or the release of a hazardous substance from which the damages to natural resources resulted, has occurred prior to September 25, 1981.

(f) The department may not expend funds from the state account or the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Fund for a removal or remedial action at any waste management unit owned or operated by a local agency if it meets both of the following conditions:

(1) It is classified as a class III waste management unit pursuant to Subchapter 15 (commencing with Section 2510) of Chapter 3 of Title 23 of the California Administrative Code.

(2) It was in operation on or after January 1, 1988.