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473.845 Metropolitan landfill contingency action fund.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. The metropolitan landfill contingency action trust fund is an expendable trust fund in the state treasury. The fund consists of revenue deposited in the fund under section 473.843, subdivision 2, clause (2); amounts recovered under subdivision 7; and interest earned on investment of money in the fund.

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1999 c 231 s 207

Subd. 3. Expenditures from the fund. Money in the fund may only be appropriated to the agency for expenditure for:

(1) reasonable and necessary expenses for closure and postclosure care of a mixed municipal solid waste disposal facility in the metropolitan area for a 30-year period after closure, if the agency determines that the operator or owner will not take the necessary actions requested by the agency for closure and postclosure in the manner and within the time requested;

(2) reasonable and necessary response and postclosure costs at a mixed municipal solid waste disposal facility in the metropolitan area that has been closed for 30 years in compliance with the closure and postclosure rules of the agency; or

(3) reimbursement to a local government unit for costs incurred over $400,000 under a work plan approved by the commissioner of the agency to remediate methane at a closed disposal facility owned by the local government unit.

Subd. 4. Expenditure notification. The commissioner shall notify the director of the office and the environment and natural resources committees of the senate and house of representatives, the finance division of the senate committee on environment and natural resources, and the house of representatives committee on environment and natural resources finance before making expenditures from the fund.

Subd. 5. Duty to provide information. The operator or owner of a mixed municipal solid waste disposal facility or a solid waste disposal facility shall provide the necessary information to the agency required by sections 473.842 to 473.847 or by agency rules.

Subd. 6. Access to information and property. The agency or any member, employee, or agent thereof authorized by the agency, upon presentation of credentials, may:

(1) examine and copy any books, papers, records, memoranda, or data of any person who has a duty to provide information to the agency under sections 473.842 to 473.847; and

(2) enter upon any property, public or private, for the purpose of taking any action authorized by this section including obtaining information from any person who has a duty to provide the information, conducting surveys or investigations, and taking response action.

Subd. 7. Recovery of expenses. When the agency incurs expenses for response actions at a facility, the agency is subrogated to any right of action which the operator or owner of the facility may have against any other person for the recovery of the expenses. The attorney general may bring an action to recover amounts spent by the agency under this section from persons who may be liable for them. Amounts recovered, including money paid under any agreement, stipulation, or settlement must be deposited in the metropolitan landfill contingency action fund.

Subd. 8. Civil penalties. The civil penalties of sections 115.071 and 116.072 apply to any person in violation of this section. All money recovered by the state under any statute or rule related to the regulation of solid waste in the metropolitan area, including civil penalties and money paid under any agreement, stipulation, or settlement, shall be deposited in the fund.

HIST: 1984 c 644 s 75; 1985 c 198 s 1; 1988 c 685 s 34; 1989 c 209 art 1 s 38; 1989 c 325 s 64,65; 1989 c 335 art 4 s 96; 1990 c 604 art 10 s 20; 1991 c 182 s 1; 1991 c 199 art 1 s 77; 1991 c 337 s 79,80; 1991 c 347 art 1 s 18; 1992 c 464 art 1 s 52; 1994 c 585 s 47; 1995 c 220 s 124; 1995 c 247 art 2 s 50; 1996 c 470 s 27

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