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DIVISION 20. MISCELLANEOUS HEALTH AND SAFETY PROVISIONS [24000 - 26217]

  ( Division 20 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

CHAPTER 6.76. Loans for Replacing, Removing, or Upgrading Underground Storage Tanks [25299.100 - 25299.117]
  ( Chapter 6.76 added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 624, Sec. 1. )

25299.100.
  

For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:

(a) “Board” means the State Water Resources Control Board.

(b) “Loan applicant” means a small business that applies to the board for a loan pursuant to this chapter.

(c) “Grant applicant” means a small business that applies to the board for a grant pursuant to this chapter.

(d) “Tank” means an underground storage tank, as defined in Section 25281, used for the purpose of storing petroleum, as defined in Section 25299.22. “Tank” also includes under-dispenser containment systems, spill containment systems, enhanced monitoring and control systems, and vapor recovery systems and dispensers connected to the underground piping and the underground storage tank.

(e) “Project tank” means one or more tanks that would be upgraded, replaced, or removed with loan or grant funds. “Project tank” also includes one or more tanks that are upgraded to comply with the Enhanced Vapor Recovery Phase II regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 649, Sec. 6. (AB 1188) Effective November 5, 2009. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.101.
  

(a) The board shall conduct a loan program pursuant to this chapter, to assist small businesses in upgrading, replacing, or removing tanks to meet applicable local, state, or federal standards. Loan funds may also be used for corrective actions, as defined in Section 25299.14.

(b) The board shall also conduct a grant program, pursuant to this chapter, to assist small businesses to upgrade, remove, or replace project tanks to comply with Section 25284.1, 25292.05, 25292.4, or 41954.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 547, Sec. 28. (SB 445) Effective September 25, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.102.
  

The board shall only make loan funds available to loan applicants that meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

(a) The loan applicant is a small business, either as defined in Section 632 of Title 15 of the United States Code, and in the federal regulations adopted to implement that section, as specified in Part 121 (commencing with Section 121.101) of Chapter I of Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations, or employs fewer than 500 full-time and part-time employees, is independently owned and operated, and is not dominant in its field of operation. In either case, the principal office of the small business shall be domiciled in the state, and the officers of the small business shall be domiciled in this state. The board shall give priority to awarding loans to small businesses that meet the definition of small business specified in subdivision (d) of Section 14837 of the Government Code.

(b) The loan applicant owns or operates a project tank.

(c) The loan applicant demonstrates the ability to repay the loan, and the availability of adequate collateral to secure the loan.

(d) All tanks owned and operated by the loan applicant are subject to compliance with Chapter 6.7 (commencing with Section 25280), and the regulations adopted pursuant to that chapter.

(e) The loan applicant has complied, or will comply, with the financial responsibility requirements specified in Section 25299.31 and the regulations adopted pursuant to this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 640, Sec. 3. (SB 763) Effective January 1, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.103.
  

(a) A complete loan application shall include all of the following:

(1) Evidence of eligibility.

(2) An environmental audit, as specified in Section 5260 of Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations.

(3) Financial and legal documents necessary to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to repay and provide collateral for the loan. The board shall develop a standard list of documents required of all applicants, and may also request from individual applicants additional financial and legal documents not provided on this list.

(4) An explanation of the reasons why the project tank is not in compliance with applicable local, state, or federal standards, and evidence that tanks not included in the list of project tanks are currently in compliance with applicable local, state, or federal standards.

(5) A detailed cost estimate of the tasks that are required to be completed in order for the project tanks to comply with applicable local, state, or federal standards.

(6) Any other information that the board determines to be necessary to include in an application form.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (4) of subdivision (a), the board may not refuse to grant a loan to an applicant solely because the applicant has failed to obtain a permit pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 6.7 (commencing with Section 25280).

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 640, Sec. 4. (SB 763) Effective January 1, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.104.
  

(a) The minimum amount that the board may loan an applicant is ten thousand dollars ($10,000), and the maximum amount that the board may loan an applicant is seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($750,000).

(b) The term of the loan shall be for a maximum of 20 years if secured by real property, and for 10 years if not secured by real property. The interest rate for loans shall be set at the rate equal to one-half of the most recent general obligation bond rate obtained by the office of the Treasurer at the time of the loan commitment.

(c) Loan funds may be used to finance up to 100 percent of the costs necessary to upgrade, remove, or replace project tanks, including corrective actions, to meet applicable local, state, or federal standards, including, but not limited to, any design, construction, monitoring, operation, or maintenance requirements adopted pursuant to Section 25284.1, 25292.05, 25292.4, or 41954.

(d) The board may charge a loan fee to loan applicants of up to 2 percent of the requested loan amount. The loan fee shall be deposited in the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account.

(e) The inoperation or repeal of this chapter pursuant to Section 25299.117 shall not extinguish a loan obligation and shall not impair the deed of trust or other collateral made pursuant to this chapter or the authority of the state to pursue appropriate action for collection.

(f) Notwithstanding Section 16304.1 of the Government Code, the board shall encumber the funds appropriated pursuant to Section 25299.109 for purposes of this section within three years of the appropriation and the board may make a disbursement in liquidation of an encumbrance before or during the three years following the last day the appropriation is available for encumbrance.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 547, Sec. 29. (SB 445) Effective September 25, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.105.
  

(a) The board shall make grant funds available from the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account to eligible grant applicants who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

(1) The grant applicant is a small business, pursuant to the following requirements:

(A) The grant applicant meets the conditions for a small business concern as defined in Section 632 of Title 15 of the United States Code, and in the federal regulations adopted to implement that section, as specified in Part 121 (commencing with Section 121.101) of Chapter I of Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(B) The grant applicant employs fewer than 20 full-time and part-time employees, is independently owned and operated, and is not dominant in its field of operation.

(2) The principal office of the grant applicant is domiciled in the state and the officers of the grant applicant are domiciled in this state.

(3) All tanks owned and operated by the grant applicant are subject to compliance with Chapter 6.7 (commencing with Section 25280) and the regulations adopted pursuant to that chapter.

(4) The facility where the project tank is located has sold at retail less than 900,000 gallons of gasoline annually for each of the two years preceding the submission of the grant application. The number of gallons sold shall be based upon taxable sales figures provided to the State Board of Equalization for that facility.

(5) Except as provided in subdivision (b), the grant applicant owns or operates a tank that is in compliance with all of the following:

(A) Section 41954.

(B) Any of the following:

(i) Section 25290.1.

(ii) Section 25290.2.

(iii) Section 25291.

(iv) Subdivisions (d) and (e) of Section 25292.

(C) Any regulation implementing the applicable sections required for compliance with subparagraphs (A) and (B).

(6) The facility where the project tank is located was legally in business retailing gasoline after January 1, 1999.

(b) The board may grant a waiver from requirements of paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) if the board finds all of the following:

(1) The grant applicant owns or operates a project tank.

(2) The project tank will be removed and will not be replaced with another tank.

(3) The grant applicant does not meet the requirements to obtain a loan pursuant to this chapter.

(c) Grant funds may only be used to pay the costs necessary to upgrade, remove, or replace project tanks to comply with Section 25284.1, 25292.05, 25292.4, 25292.5, or 41954.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 547, Sec. 30. (SB 445) Effective September 25, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.106.
  

A complete grant application shall include all of the following information:

(a) Evidence of eligibility.

(b) The board shall develop a standard list of documents required of all applicants, and may also request from individual applicants additional financial and legal documents not provided on this list.

(c) An explanation of the actions the applicant is required to take to comply with the requirements of Section 25284.1, 25292.05, 25292.4, 25292.5, or 41954.

(d) A detailed cost estimate of the actions that are required to be completed for the project tanks to comply with applicable local, state, or federal standards, if applicable.

(e) Any other information that the board determines to be necessary to include in an application form.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 547, Sec. 31. (SB 445) Effective September 25, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.107.
  

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (e), the minimum amount that the board may grant an applicant is three thousand dollars ($3,000), and the maximum amount that the board may grant an applicant is seventy thousand dollars ($70,000).

(b) Grant funds may be used to finance up to 100 percent of the costs necessary to upgrade, remove, or replace project tanks to comply with Section 25284.1, 25292.05, 25292.4, 25292.5, or 41954.

(c) If the board received the applicant’s grant application on or before April 1, 2009, grant funds may be used to reimburse up to 100 percent of the costs that the applicant incurred after the board received the grant application to comply with the Enhanced Vapor Recovery Phase II regulations.

(d) Except as provided in subdivision (e), a person or entity is not eligible to receive more than seventy thousand dollars ($70,000) in grant funds pursuant to this chapter.

(e) (1) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (d), if the project tank is located at a fueling station that is available for public use and there is no other fueling station available for public use within a radius of 15 miles from the fueling station, the board may make a grant in the maximum amount of one hundred forty thousand dollars ($140,000) to assist the grant applicant to remove and replace tanks that are required to be permanently closed pursuant to Section 25292.05.

(2) Any grant issued pursuant to paragraph (1) shall not be included in the maximum amount that a person or entity may receive in grant funds pursuant to subdivision (d).

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 547, Sec. 32. (SB 445) Effective September 25, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.108.
  

The board shall adopt regulations necessary to implement and make specific this chapter as emergency regulations in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of the Government Code, and for purposes of that chapter, including Section 11349.6, the adoption of the regulations shall be considered by the Office of Administrative Law to be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, and general welfare. Notwithstanding subdivision (e) of Section 11346.1 of the Government Code, the regulations shall be repealed 180 days after their effective date unless the board complies with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 11346.1 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 624, Sec. 1. Effective September 21, 2004. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.109.
  

(a) The Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account is hereby created in the State Treasury. All of the following moneys shall be deposited in the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account:

(1) Federal, state, and local funds transferred for deposit in the account.

(2) Repayments of loans and interest and late fees on loans issued pursuant to this chapter.

(3) Repayments of loans and interest and late fees on loans issued pursuant to former Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 15399.10) of Part 6.7 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, as that chapter existed on December 31, 2003.

(4) Moneys collected pursuant to Section 25299.110 and subdivision (d) of Section 25299.104.

(5) Repayments of loan and grant moneys paid to a loan or grant applicant to which the applicant is not entitled.

(6) Notwithstanding Section 16305.7 of the Government Code, all interest earned upon moneys that are deposited in the account.

(7) All unexpended moneys in a subaccount of the account that is consolidated into the account by the act adding this paragraph.

(8) All unexpended moneys in the Petroleum Financing Collection Account established pursuant to Section 25299.110, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 624 of the Statutes of 2004.

(b) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, funds in the account shall be used by the board to make loans and grants, service loans, recover defaulted loan moneys due, protect the state’s position as a lender creditor, and administer this chapter.

(c) The board shall annually make available not more than 25 percent of the available funds from the account for the purposes of providing grants pursuant to this chapter.

(d) Eight million dollars ($8,000,000) is hereby transferred from the portion of the fees collected pursuant to subdivisions (a) to (e), inclusive, of Section 25299.43 in the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund, to the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account, and is hereby appropriated for the purposes of making grants and loans pursuant to this chapter and administering this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 640, Sec. 9. (SB 763) Effective January 1, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.110.
  

To defray the costs of the board in administering the loan program created pursuant to this chapter, the board may do all of the following:

(a) Impose reasonable charges on all applications and impose the loan fee specified in subdivision (d) of Section 25299.104.

(b) Recover collection costs from the borrower or other party.

(c) Earn income on any asset recovered pursuant to a loan default.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 640, Sec. 11. (SB 763) Effective January 1, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.111.
  

If this chapter is repealed pursuant to Section 25299.117, then following the day on which the authority ceases to exist, all moneys in the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account and all moneys due that account shall revert to, and accrue to the benefit of, the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund in the State Treasury.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 624, Sec. 1. Effective September 21, 2004. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.114.
  

All persons serving in an exempt position engaged in the performance of a function described in former Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 15399.10) of Part 6.7 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code as repealed by Chapter 229 of the Statutes of 2003 or the administration of the program described in that chapter shall be transferred to the board subject to approval by the Department of Finance. This transfer shall not affect the status, positions, and rights of these persons. Section 19050.9 of the Government Code shall apply to the transfer of persons serving in state civil service who are engaged in the performance of a function or the administration of that chapter.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 624, Sec. 1. Effective September 21, 2004. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.115.
  

The repeal of former Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 15399.10) of Part 6.7 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code by Chapter 229 of the Statutes of 2003 shall not be construed to terminate any obligation to pay claims filed, repay loans outstanding, or resolve any cost recovery action filed on or before January 1, 2004.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 624, Sec. 1. Effective September 21, 2004. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.116.
  

A recipient of a grant that was awarded pursuant to former Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 15399.10) of Part 6.7 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, as that chapter existed on December 31, 2003, and that expired after December 31, 2003, may receive grant funds from the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account consistent with the terms of the grant, for one year following enactment of this chapter, notwithstanding expiration of the grant.

(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 624, Sec. 1. Effective September 21, 2004. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, pursuant to Section 25299.117.)

25299.117.
  

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), this chapter is repealed as of January 1, 2022, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted on or before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the repeal of this chapter does not terminate any of the following rights, obligations, authorities, or any provision necessary to carry out these rights, obligations, and authority:

(1) The repayment of loans due and payable to the board.

(2) The resolution of any cost recovery action or the initiation of an action or other collection process to recover defaulted loan moneys due to the board or to recover grant moneys paid but to which the grantee is not entitled.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 640, Sec. 13. (SB 763) Effective January 1, 2014. Repealed as of January 1, 2022, by its own provisions. Note: Repeal affects Chapter 6.76, commencing with Section 25299.100.)

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