(a) A person listed in this paragraph who is rendering assistance in response to a discharge of a hazardous substance is not liable for response costs that result from actions taken or failed to be taken in the course of the assistance unless the person is grossly negligent or engages in willful misconduct:
(1) a member of a cooperative or community awareness and emergency response group in compliance with standards in rules adopted by the Pollution Control Agency;
(2) an employee or official of the political subdivision where the response takes place, or a political subdivision that has a mutual aid agreement with that subdivision;
(3) a member or political subdivision sponsor of a hazardous materials incident response team or special chemical assessment team designated by the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety;
(4) a person carrying out the directions of: (i) the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency, the commissioner of agriculture, the commissioner of natural resources, or the commissioner of public safety; or (ii) the United States Coast Guard or Environmental Protection Agency on-scene coordinator consistent with a national contingency plan under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990; and
(5) a for-hire response contractor.
(b) This section does not exempt from liability responsible persons with respect to the discharge under chapter 115B or 115C or responsible parties with respect to the discharge under chapter 18B or 18D.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes