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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 6. Administrative Enforcement [42850 - 42855]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 35, Sec. 24. )

42850.
  

(a) Any person who negligently violates any provision of this chapter, or any permit, rule, regulation, standard, or requirement issued or adopted pursuant to this chapter, is liable for a civil penalty of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) or more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), for each violation of a separate provision or, for continuing violations, for each day that the violation continues.

(b) Liability under this section may be imposed in a civil action or liability may be imposed administratively pursuant to this article.

(c) Upon request of a city, county, or city and county, that city, county, or city and county may be designated, in writing, by the board, to exercise the enforcement authority granted to the board under this chapter. Any city, county, or city and county so designated shall follow the same procedures set forth for the board under this article. This designation shall not limit the authority of the board to take action it deems necessary or proper to ensure to enforcement of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 1019, Sec. 3.5. Effective January 1, 1999.)

42850.1.
  

(a) Any person who intentionally violates any provision of this chapter, or any permit, rule, regulation, standard, or requirement issued or adopted pursuant to this chapter, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each day of violation, by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

(b) (1) Any person who intentionally violates any provision of this chapter, or any permit, rule, regulation, standard, or requirement issued or adopted pursuant to this chapter, is liable for a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000), for each violation of a separate provision or, for continuing violations, for each day that the violation continues.

(2) Liability under this subdivision may be imposed in a civil action or may be imposed administratively pursuant to this article.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 299, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1999.)

42851.
  

(a) The department may serve an administrative accusation to a person on whom civil liability may be imposed pursuant to this chapter. The accusation shall allege the acts or failures to act that constitute a basis for liability and the amount of the proposed civil liability. The accusation shall be served by personal service or certified mail and shall inform the party of the right to a hearing.

(b) Upon receipt by the department of a notice of defense to the accusation, the department shall, within 15 days, schedule a hearing before the director. The hearing shall be held within 60 days of the scheduling date, unless the party waives the right to a hearing.

(c) If the party waives the right to a hearing, the department shall issue an order setting liability in the amount proposed in the accusation unless the department and the party have entered into a settlement agreement, in which case the department shall issue an order setting liability in the amount specified in the settlement agreement. If the party has waived the right to a hearing or if the department and the party have entered into a settlement agreement, the order shall not be subject to review by any court or agency.

(d) After conducting the hearing, the director shall, within 60 days after the case is submitted, issue a decision, including an order setting the amount of civil penalty to be imposed, if any.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 7. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42852.
  

(a) A hearing required under this chapter shall be conducted by the director in accordance with the informal hearing requirements specified in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 11400) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, but the department may initially file a hearing pursuant to, or convert a hearing to be conducted pursuant to, the formal hearing requirements specified in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. In making a decision regarding a denial, revocation, suspension, or penalty, the director shall take into consideration the nature, circumstances, extent, and gravity of the violation, the violator’s past and present efforts to prevent, abate, or clean up conditions posing a threat to the public health or safety or the environment, the violator’s ability to pay the proposed civil penalty, and the prophylactic effect that imposition of the proposed penalty will have on both the violator and on the regulated community as a whole.

(b) For a period of up to one year, following the issuance of a final decision by either the director or an administrative law judge, if the hearing is converted to a formal hearing, that is based on a finding of a violation of this chapter or of any regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter, 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, at a frequency determined by the department.

(c) The responding party shall reimburse the department for the cost of the additional inspections conducted pursuant to subdivision (b), 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.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 8. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42853.
  

Orders setting civil liability issued under this section shall become effective and final upon issuance thereof, and payment shall be made within 30 days of issuance, unless otherwise ordered by the director. Copies of these orders shall be served by personal service or by certified mail upon the party served with the accusation and upon other persons who appeared at the hearing and requested a copy.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 9. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42854.
  

(a) Within 30 days after service of a copy of a decision issued by the director, a person so served may file with the superior court a petition for writ of mandate for review of the decision. Any person who fails to file the petition within the 30-day period may not challenge the reasonableness or validity of a decision or order of the director in a judicial proceeding brought to enforce the decision or order or for other remedies.

(b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, Section 1094.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure governs any proceedings conducted pursuant to this subdivision. In all proceedings pursuant to this subdivision, the court shall uphold the decision of the director if the decision is based upon substantial evidence in the whole record.

(c) The filing of a petition for writ of mandate does not stay any corrective action required pursuant to this chapter or the accrual of any penalties assessed pursuant to this chapter.

(d) This section does not prohibit the court from granting any appropriate relief within its jurisdiction.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 534, Sec. 10. (AB 1647) Effective January 1, 2013.)

42855.
  

All penalties collected under Section 42850 shall be deposited in the California Tire Recycling Management Fund created pursuant to Section 42885 if the attorney who brought the action represented the board, or shall be retained by a city, county, or city and county designated pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 42850, if the attorney who brought the action represents the city, county, or city and county. The moneys retained by the city, county, or city and county shall be expended on enforcement and cleanup required under this chapter, including, but not limited to, the prosecution of enforcement actions.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 1019, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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