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Public Resources Code - PRC

DIVISION 30. WASTE MANAGEMENT [40000 - 49620]

  ( Division 30 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

PART 3. STATE PROGRAMS [42000 - 42999]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 16. Waste Tires [42800 - 42855]

  ( Chapter 16 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 35, Sec. 24. )

ARTICLE 5. Renewal, Suspension, or Revocation [42840 - 42849]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 35, Sec. 24. )

42840.
  

A waste tire facility permit issued pursuant to this chapter is valid for five years unless suspended or revoked. The permit shall be renewed prior to the expiration thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 35, Sec. 24. Effective March 30, 1990.)

42841.
  

(a) In addition to the authority specified in Section 42843, the department may reject a waste tire facility permit application if, at the time the application is submitted to the department, the department finds the operator of the waste tire facility has exceeded the amount of waste tires allowed onsite pursuant to Section 42808.

(b) If the department rejects an application pursuant to this section, the department may prohibit the operator of the waste tire facility from reapplying for a waste tire facility at the same location for one year, or a lesser amount of time, from the date of the application.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 2. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42843.
  

(a) The department may revoke, suspend, or deny a waste tire facility permit for a period of up to three years, by serving a statement of issues, by personal service or certified mail, in accordance with Section 42852, if the applicant for, or holder of, the permit, does any of the following:

(1) The applicant misrepresents or fails to disclose material factual information in its application.

(2) The operator of the waste tire facility, at any time during the previous three years, fails to comply with an order regarding compliance subsequent to receiving a notice of violation, for any of the following:

(A) A violation of this chapter or the regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter.

(B) A violation of Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 42950) or the regulations adopted pursuant to that chapter.

(C) The terms or conditions of the operator’s waste tire facility permit.

(b) If the department determines that a violation specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) demonstrates a chronic, recurring pattern of noncompliance that poses, or may pose, a significant risk to public health and safety or the environment, or if the violation has not been corrected or reasonable progress toward correction has not been achieved, the department may suspend, revoke, or deny a waste tire facility permit, in accordance with the procedure specified in subdivision (a), for a period of not more than five years.

(c) If the department determines that a violation specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) has resulted in significant harm to human health or the environment, the department may suspend, revoke, or deny a waste tire facility permit, in accordance with the procedure specified in subdivision (a), for a period of five years or longer.

(d) The department shall notify the applicant for, or the holder of, the permit of the revocation, suspension, or denial of the permit and the effective date of the revocation, suspension, or denial. A revocation or suspension issued pursuant to this section shall remain in effect until the hearing is completed and the director issues a decision.

(e) Upon receipt by the department of a notice of defense to the statement of issues from the applicant for, or the holder of, the permit, the department shall, within 15 days, schedule a hearing before the director. The hearing shall be held within 90 days of the scheduling date, unless a later date is agreed to by both the department and the applicant for, or the holder of, the permit.

(f) After conducting the hearing, the director shall, within 60 days after the case is submitted, issue a decision, including an order setting forth the issuance, suspension, revocation, or denial of the permit. If the decision is not issued within this period, the revocation or suspension shall be of no further effect.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 3. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42844.
  

(a) The department may immediately suspend any permit issued pursuant to this chapter if the department determines that the action is necessary to prevent or mitigate an imminent or substantial endangerment to the public health or safety or the environment.

(b) The department shall notify the holder of the permit of the temporary suspension and the effective date thereof and, at the same time, shall serve the person with an accusation.

(c) Upon receipt by the department of a notice of defense to the accusation from the holder of the permit, the department shall, within 15 days, set the matter for a hearing, which shall be held as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after receipt of the notice.

(d) The suspension shall remain in effect until the hearing is completed and the department has made a final determination on the merits, which shall be made within 60 days after the completion of the hearing. If the determination is not transmitted within this period, the suspension shall be of no further effect.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 4. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42845.
  

(a) (1) A person who stores, stockpiles, or accumulates waste tires at a location for which a waste tire facility permit is required pursuant to this chapter, or in violation of the terms and conditions of the permit, the provisions of this chapter, or the regulations adopted under this chapter, shall, upon order of the department, clean up those waste tires or abate the effects of the waste tires, or, in the case of threatened pollution or nuisance, take other necessary remedial action.

(2) If the order issued by the department pursuant to this subdivision is issued to a person operating a waste tire facility that has not been issued a waste tire facility permit, the department shall require the person operating the facility to remove all waste and used tires from the site and prohibit the person operating the facility from accepting any additional waste or used tires at the site for a specified time period.

(b) The department shall include in an order issued pursuant to subdivision (a), a condition that the department shall perform inspections at the location of the violation that are in addition to those inspections otherwise required by this chapter or by any regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, for a period of up to one year following the date of the issuance of the order, at a frequency determined by the department. The person who is the subject of the order shall reimburse the department for the cost of the additional inspections conducted pursuant to this subdivision, including the cost of preparing for the inspection, traveling to and from the inspection, and writing up the inspection reports, at the same amounts that are determined annually and approved for enforcement agents to be charged by the department for purposes of the enforcement of this chapter.

(c) If a person operating a waste tire facility pursuant to a waste tire facility permit fails to comply with a cleanup or abatement order issued pursuant to subdivision (a), the Attorney General, at the request of the department, shall petition the superior court for that county for the issuance of an injunction requiring the person to comply with that order. In a suit, the court shall have jurisdiction to grant a prohibitory or mandatory injunction, either preliminary or permanent, as the facts may warrant.

(d) If a person operating an unpermitted waste tire facility fails to comply with a notice of violation issued for a violation of this chapter or any regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, the Attorney General, at the request of the department, shall petition the superior court for that county for the issuance of an injunction requiring the person to comply with that order. In any suit, the court shall have jurisdiction to grant a prohibitory or mandatory injunction, either preliminary or permanent, as the facts may warrant.

(e) If the Attorney General declines, or is unable, to petition the appropriate superior court for issuance of an injunction within 30 days from the department’s request, pursuant to subdivision (c) or (d), the district attorney or county counsel of that county may, at the department’s request, petition the superior court for issuance of the injunction specified in subdivision (c) or (d).

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 5. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42846.
  

(a) The board may expend available moneys to perform any cleanup, abatement, or remedial work required under the circumstances set forth in Section 42845 which in its judgment is required by the magnitude of endeavor or the need for prompt action to prevent substantial pollution, nuisance, or injury to the public health or safety. The action may be taken in default of, or in addition to, remedial work by the violator or other persons, and regardless of whether injunctive relief is being sought.

(b) The board may perform the work itself, or by or in cooperation with any other governmental agency, and may use rented tools or equipment, either with operators furnished or unoperated. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the board may enter into oral contracts for that work, and the contracts, whether written or oral, may include provisions for equipment rental and in addition the furnishing of labor and materials necessary to accomplish the work. The contracts are exempt from approval by the Department of General Services pursuant to Section 10295 of the Public Contract Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 717, Sec. 25.)

42846.5.
  

If the owner of property upon which waste tires are unlawfully stored, stockpiled, or accumulated refuses to allow the board or its contractors access to enter onto the property and perform all necessary cleanup, abatement, or remedial work as authorized under Section 42846, the board or its contractors shall be permitted reasonable access to the property to perform that activity if an order setting civil liability has been issued or obtained pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 42850) by the board, or by its designee pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 42850, against the property owner, and the board finds that there is a significant threat to public health or the environment.

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 292, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2000.)

42847.
  

If waste tires are cleaned up, the effects of the tires are abated, or, in the case of threatened pollution or nuisance, other necessary remedial action is taken by any governmental agency, the person or persons who unlawfully stored, stockpiled, or accumulated the waste tires or who unlawfully permitted the storage, stockpile, or accumulation of waste tires or who threatened to cause or permit the unlawful storage, stockpile, or accumulation of waste tires shall be liable to that governmental agency to the extent of the reasonable costs actually incurred in cleaning up the waste, abating the effects thereof, or taking other remedial actions. The amount of those costs shall be recoverable in a civil action by, and paid to, the governmental agency and the board to the extent of the latter’s contribution to the cleanup costs from available funds. The board shall seek recovery of its costs if that recovery is feasible.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 875, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1998.)

42847.5.
  

(a) Any costs or damages incurred by the department under this article constitute a lien upon the real property owned by any responsible party that is subject to the remedial action. The lien shall attach regardless of whether the responsible party is insolvent. A lien imposed under this section shall arise at the time costs are first incurred by the department with respect to a remedial action at the site.

(b) A lien established under this section shall be subject to the notice and hearing procedures required by due process of the law. Prior to imposing the lien, the department shall send the property owner via certified mail a “Notice of Intent to Place A Lien” letter. This letter shall provide that the owner, within 14 calendar days from the date of receipt of the letter, may object to the imposition of the lien either in writing or through an informal proceeding before a neutral official. This neutral official shall be the director or his or her designee, who may not have had any prior involvement with the site. The issue before the neutral official shall be whether the department has a reasonable basis for its determination that the statutory elements for lien placement under this section are satisfied. During this proceeding the property owner may present information or submit documents, or both, to establish that the department should not place a lien as proposed. The neutral official shall ensure that a record of the proceeding is made, and shall issue a written decision. The decision shall state whether the property owner has established any issue of fact or law to alter the department’s intention to file a lien, and the basis for the decision.

(c) The department may not be considered a responsible party for a remediated site merely because a lien is imposed under this section.

(d) A lien imposed under this section shall continue until the liability for the costs or damages incurred under this article, or a judgment against the responsible party, is satisfied. However, if it is determined by a court that the judgment against the responsible party will not be satisfied, the department may exercise its rights under the lien.

(e) A lien imposed under this section shall have the force and effect of, and the priority of, a judgment lien upon its recordation in the county in which the property subject to the lien is located. The lien shall contain a legal description of the real property that is subject to, or affected by, the remedial action, the assessor’s parcel number, and the name of the owner of record, as shown on the latest equalized assessment roll.

(f) All funds recovered under this section on behalf of the department’s waste tire stabilization and abatement program shall be deposited in the California Tire Recycling Management Fund established under Section 42885.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 6. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42848.
  

If, despite reasonable efforts by the board to identify the person responsible for the unlawful storage, stockpiling, or accumulation of waste tires or the condition of pollution or nuisance, the person is not identified at the time cleanup, abatement, or remedial work must be performed, the board shall not be required to issue an order under this section.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 35, Sec. 24. Effective March 30, 1990.)

42849.
  

(a) “Threaten” or “threat,” for purposes of this article, means a condition creating a substantial probability of harm, when the probability and potential extent of harm make it reasonably necessary to take immediate action to prevent, reduce, or mitigate damages to persons, property, natural resources, or the public health or safety.

(b) If the board finds either an imminent threat to public health, safety, or the environment, or a threat, as defined by subdivision (a), the board may conduct an emergency meeting to determine the legal, enforcement, cleanup, or other necessary actions that may be taken to correct that imminent threat or threat. Such a finding by the board shall be deemed to be an “emergency situation” for purposes of, and in addition to the situations described in, Section 11125.5 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 838, Sec. 15. Effective January 1, 2001.)

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