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S.B. 85 Enrolled





Sponsor: Bill Wright

                  This act modifies the Underground Storage Tank Act by increasing the environmental
                  assurance fee of 1/4 cent per gallon on the first sale or use of petroleum products to 1/2
                  cent per gallon. The act provides for a reduction of the fee when the cash balance in the
                  Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund exceeds $20,000,000 in any year. The act has a July
                  1, 2003 effective date.
                  This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
                      19-6-410.5, as last amended by Chapter 118, Laws of Utah 1999
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 19-6-410.5 is amended to read:
                       19-6-410.5. Environmental assurance program -- Participant fee.
                      (1) As used in this section:
                      (a) "Cash balance" means cash plus investments and current accounts receivable minus
                  current accounts payable exclusive of the liabilities estimated by the state risk manager.
                      (b) "Commission" means the State Tax Commission, as defined [under] in Section
                  59-1-101 .
                      (2) (a) There is created an Environmental Assurance Program.
                      (b) The program shall provide to participating owners and operators, upon payment of
                  the fee imposed under Subsection (4), assistance with the costs of investigation, abatement, and
                  corrective action regarding releases at facilities participating in the program, to the extent
                  provided [under] in Section 19-6-419 .
                      (3) Participation in the program is voluntary.
                      (4) There is assessed an environmental assurance fee of [1/4] 1/2 cent per gallon on the
                  first sale or use of petroleum products in the state.
                      (5) Revenue collected under this section shall be deposited in the Petroleum Storage

                  Tank Trust Fund created in Section 19-6-409 and used solely for the purposes [under] listed in
                  Section 19-6-409 .
                      (6) (a) The commission is responsible for the collection of the fee and any penalties and
                  interest imposed under this section.
                      (b) The commission shall by rule, in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah
                  Administrative Rulemaking Act, establish:
                      (i) the method of payment of the environmental assurance fee;
                      (ii) the procedure for reimbursement or exemption of owners or operators who do not
                  participate in the program, including owners and operators of above ground storage tanks; and
                      (iii) the procedure for confirming with the department those owners and operators who
                  qualify for reimbursement or exemption under Subsection (6)(b)(ii).
                      (c) The commission may retain an amount not to exceed 2.5% of fees collected under
                  this section for the cost to it of rendering its services.
                      (7) The person or entity responsible for payment of the fee under this section shall pay
                  the fee to the commission [on or before] by the last day of the month following the month in
                  which the sale occurs.
                      (8) The payment under this section shall be accompanied by the form prescribed by the
                      (9) (a) The penalties and interest for failure to file the form required under this section or
                  to pay the environmental assurance fee are the same as the penalties and interest under Sections
                  59-1-401 and 59-1-402 .
                      (b) The commission shall deposit penalties and interest collected under this section in the
                  Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund.
                      (10) The commission shall report to the department any person or entity who is
                  delinquent in payment of the fee under this section.
                      (11) (a) If the cash balance of the Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund on June 30 of any
                  year exceeds [$40,000,000] $20,000,000, the assessment of the environmental assurance fee as
                  provided in Subsection (4) shall be [suspended] reduced to 1/4 cent per gallon beginning

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                  November 1 and the [suspension] reduction shall remain in effect [through October 31 of the
                  year in which the cash balance of the fund on June 30 has decreased to below $30,000,000] until
                  modified by the Legislature in a general or special session.
                      (b) The commission [shall be] is responsible for determining each year the cash balance
                  of the fund as of June 30.
                      (c) Before September 1 of each year, the department shall provide the commission with
                  the accounts payable of the fund as of June 30.
                      Section 2. Effective date.
                      This act takes effect on July 1, 2003.

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