Revised Code of Washington - RCW Title 70 Public Health And Safety - Section 70.148.130 Financial assistance -- Criteria
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§ 70.148.130. Financial assistance -- Criteria
(1) Subject to the conditions and limitations of RCW 70.148.120 through 70.148.170, the director shall establish and manage a program for providing financial assistance to public and private owners and operators of underground storage tanks who have been certified by the governing body of the county, city, or town in which the tanks are located as meeting a vital local government, public health or safety need. In providing such financial assistance the director shall:
(a) Require owners and operators, including local government owners and operators, to demonstrate serious financial hardship;
(b) Limit assistance to only that amount necessary to supplement applicant financial resources;
(c) Limit assistance to no more than two hundred thousand dollars in value for any one underground storage tank site of which amount no more than seventy-five thousand dollars in value may be provided for corrective action; and
(d) Whenever practicable, provide assistance through the direct payment of contractors and other professionals for labor, materials, and other services.
(2)(a) Except as otherwise provided in RCW 70.148.120 through 70.148.170, no grant of financial assistance may be used for any purpose other than for corrective action and repair, replacement, reconstruction, and improvement of underground storage tanks and tank sites. If at any time prior to providing financial assistance or in the course of providing such assistance, it appears to the director that corrective action costs may exceed seventy-five thousand dollars, the director may not provide further financial assistance until the owner or operator has developed and implemented a corrective action plan with the department of ecology.
(b) A grant of financial assistance may also be made to an owner or operator that has discontinued using underground petroleum storage tanks due to economic hardship. An owner or operator may receive a grant up to two hundred thousand dollars per retailing location if:
(i) The property is located in an underserved rural area;
(ii) The property was previously used by a private owner or operator to provide motor vehicle fuel; and
(iii) The property is at least ten miles from the nearest motor vehicle fuel service station.
(3) When requests for financial assistance exceed available funds, the director shall give preference to providing assistance first to those underground storage tank sites which constitute the sole source of petroleum products in remote rural communities.
(4) The director shall consult with the department of ecology in approving financial assistance for corrective action to ensure compliance with regulations governing underground petroleum storage tanks and corrective action.
(5) The director shall approve or disapprove applications for financial assistance within sixty days of receipt of a completed application meeting the requirements of RCW 70.148.120 through 70.148.170. The certification by local government of an owner or operator shall not preclude the director from disapproving an application for financial assistance if the director finds that such assistance would not meet the purposes of RCW 70.148.120 through 70.148.170.
(6) The director may adopt all rules necessary to implement the financial assistance program and shall consult with the technical advisory committee established under RCW 70.148.030 in developing such rules and in reviewing applications for financial assistance.
[2005 c 428 § 2; 1991 c 4 § 2.]
Severability -- 1991 c 4: See note following RCW 70.148.120.
Sections: 70.148.040 70.148.050 70.148.060 70.148.070 70.148.080 70.148.090 70.148.110 70.148.120 70.148.130 70.148.140 70.148.150 70.148.160 70.148.170 70.148.900 70.148.901
Last modified: April 7, 2009