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S.B. 96 Enrolled
AN ACT RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY CODE; PROVIDING FOR THE
ASSESSMENT OF A CIVIL PENALTY BY NOTICE OF AGENCY ACTION RATHER
THAN THROUGH A CIVIL PROCEEDING; MAKING THE WILLFUL VIOLATION OF
THE ACT A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR; AND MAKING TECHNICAL CHANGES.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
19-4-109, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 112, Laws of Utah 1991
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 19-4-109 is amended to read:
19-4-109. Violations -- Penalties -- Reimbursement for expenses.
(1) Any person that violates any rule or order made or issued pursuant to this chapter is
violation. The board may assess and make a demand for payment of a penalty under this section
by directing the executive secretary to issue a notice of agency action under Title 63, Chapter 46b,
Administrative Procedures Act.
(2) (a) Any person that willfully violates any rule or order made or issued pursuant to this
chapter, or that willfully fails to take any corrective action required by such an order, is guilty of
each day of violation.
(b) In addition, the person is subject, in a civil proceeding, to a penalty of not more than
$5,000 per day for each day of violation.
(3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (b), all penalties assessed and collected under the
authority of this section shall be deposited in the General Fund.
(b) The department may reimburse itself and local governments from monies collected
from civil penalties for extraordinary expenses incurred in environmental enforcement activities.
(c) The department shall regulate reimbursements by making rules that:
(i) define qualifying environmental enforcement activities; and
(ii) define qualifying extraordinary expenses.
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