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H.B. 353






Chief Sponsor: Christine A. Johnson

Senate Sponsor: Patricia W. Jones

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends provisions relating to the authority of the Department of
             11      Environmental Quality.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    updates the chapters for which a division is responsible for administering;
             15          .    clarifies that the department may take a soil or groundwater sample in certain
             16      circumstances;
             17          .    authorizes the department to address a facility containing a hazardous substances
             18      regardless if the facility is on the priority list;
             19          .    gives a title name to a part; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          19-1-105, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 112

             28          19-6-304, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 112
             29          19-6-311, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 112
             30          19-6-601, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 122 and renumbered and amended
             31      by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 112
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 19-1-105 is amended to read:
             35           19-1-105. Divisions of department -- Control by division directors.
             36          (1) The following divisions are created within the department:
             37          (a) the Division of Air Quality, to administer [Title 19,] Chapter 2, Air Conservation
             38      Act;
             39          (b) the Division of Drinking Water, to administer [Title 19,] Chapter 4, Safe Drinking
             40      Water Act;
             41          (c) the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation, to administer [Title
             42      19,]:
             43          (i) the following parts in Chapter 6[, Parts 3 and 4;]:
             44          (A) Part 3, Hazardous Substances Mitigation Act;
             45          (B) Part 4, Underground Storage Tank Act; and
             46          (C) Part 9, Illegal Drug Operations Site Reporting and Decontamination Act;
             47          (ii) Chapter 8, Voluntary Cleanup Program; and
             48          (iii) Chapter 10, Environmental Institutional Control Act;
             49          (d) the Division of Radiation Control, to administer [Title 19,] Chapter 3, Radiation
             50      Control Act;
             51          (e) the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste, to administer [Title 19,]:
             52          (i) the following parts in Chapter 6[, Parts 1, 2, and 5; and]:
             53          (A) Part 1, Solid and Hazardous Waste Act;
             54          (B) Part 2, Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Act;
             55          (C) Part 5, Solid Waste Management Act;
             56          (D) Part 6, Lead Acid Battery Disposal Act;
             57          (E) Part 7, Used Oil Management Act;
             58          (F) Part 8, Waste Tire Recycling Act; and

             59          (G) Part 10, Mercury Switch Removal Act; and
             60          (ii) Chapter 9, Hazardous Waste Facilities Management Act; and
             61          (f) the Division of Water Quality, to administer [Title 19,] Chapter 5, Water Quality
             62      Act.
             63          (2) Each division is under the immediate direction and control of a division director
             64      appointed by the executive director.
             65          (3) (a) Each division director shall possess the necessary administrative skills and
             66      training to adequately qualify [him for his] the division director for the position. [He]
             67          (b) The division director shall have graduated from an accredited college or university
             68      with:
             69          [(a)] (i) a four-year degree in physical or biological science or engineering;
             70          [(b)] (ii) a related degree; or
             71          [(c)] (iii) a degree in law.
             72          (4) Each director may be removed at the will of the executive director.
             73          Section 2. Section 19-6-304 is amended to read:
             74           19-6-304. Inspections.
             75          (1) Upon presentation of appropriate credentials and at [any] a reasonable time, [any]
             76      an authorized officer, employee, or representative of the department may:
             77          (a) enter and inspect [any] a property, premises, or place where [he] the officer,
             78      employee, or representative has reason to believe there is a hazardous [materials or substances]
             79      material or substance release;
             80          (b) copy [any records] a record relating to [those hazardous materials or substances] a
             81      hazardous material or substance to determine compliance with this part and the rules made
             82      under authority of this part; and
             83          (c) inspect and take [samples of any] one or more samples of a suspected hazardous
             84      material or substance, including a soil or groundwater sample.
             85          (2) If the department's representative takes [samples of any] a sample of a suspected
             86      hazardous material or substance under authority of this section, [he] the representative shall:
             87          (a) give a receipt describing the sample taken to the owner, operator, or agent who has
             88      control of the suspected hazardous material or substance;
             89          (b) if requested and if possible, give the owner, operator, or agent a split sample of the

             90      suspected hazardous material or substance equal in volume or weight to the portion [he] the
             91      representative retains; and
             92          (c) if an analysis of [any] a sample is made, upon request, promptly furnish a copy of
             93      the [results] result of the analysis to the owner, operator, or agent.
             94          Section 3. Section 19-6-311 is amended to read:
             95           19-6-311. Hazardous substances priority list.
             96          (1) The executive director shall develop and, as frequently as is necessary, revise a
             97      hazardous substances priority list by making a rule that:
             98          (a) identifies separately:
             99          (i) national priority list sites[,];
             100          (ii) proposed national priority list sites[,]; and
             101          (iii) scored sites that pose a significant threat to the public health or the environment;
             102      and
             103          (b) declares [those] the sites identified in the rule to be eligible to be addressed under
             104      the authority granted by this part.
             105          (2) [The] Except as provided by Subsections 19-6-307 (4)(a), (c), and (d), the executive
             106      director may not spend fund monies [or use the authority granted by this part] to address [any
             107      facilities] a facility containing a hazardous [substances that are] substance that is not on the
             108      hazardous substances priority list.
             109          (3) The executive director shall remove [facilities] a facility from the hazardous
             110      substances priority list when appropriate.
             111          Section 4. Section 19-6-601 is amended to read:
Part 6. Lead Acid Battery Disposal Act

             113           19-6-601. Title -- Definition.
             114          (1) This part is known as the "Lead Acid Battery Disposal Act."
             115          (2) As used in this part, "board" means the Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board
             116      appointed under Title 19, Chapter 6.

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