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Title 20 : Internal Security and Public Safety


(Cite as: 20 V.S.A. § 39)
  • § 39. Fees to the Hazardous Substances Fund

    (a) Every person required to report the use or storage of hazardous chemicals or substances pursuant to EPCRA shall pay the following annual fees for each hazardous chemical or substance, as defined by the State Emergency Response Commission, that is present at the facility:

    (1) $40.00 for quantities between 100 and 999 pounds.

    (2) $60.00 for quantities between 1,000 and 9,999 pounds.

    (3) $100.00 for quantities between 10,000 and 99,999 pounds.

    (4) $290.00 for quantities between 100,000 and 999,999 pounds.

    (5) $880.00 for quantities exceeding 999,999 pounds.

    (6) An additional fee of $250.00 will be assessed for each extremely hazardous chemical or substance as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 11002.

    (b) The fee shall be paid to the Commissioner of Public Safety and shall be deposited into the Hazardous Chemical and Substance Emergency Response Fund.

    (c) The following are exempted from paying the fees required by this section but shall comply with the reporting requirements of this chapter:

    (1) municipalities and other political subdivisions;

    (2) State agencies;

    (3) persons engaged in farming as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6001 of this title;

    (4) nonprofit corporations.

    (d) No person shall be required to pay a fee for a chemical or substance that has been determined to be an economic poison as defined in 6 V.S.A. § 911 or for a fertilizer or agricultural lime as defined in 6 V.S.A. § 363 and for which a registration or tonnage fee has been paid to the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets pursuant to 6 V.S.A. chapter 28 or 81.

    (e) The State or any political subdivision, including any municipality, fire district, emergency medical service, or incorporated village, is authorized to recover any and all reasonable direct expenses incurred as a result of the response to and recovery of a hazardous chemical or substance incident from the person or persons responsible for the incident. All funds collected by the State under this subsection shall be deposited into the Hazardous Chemical and Substance Emergency Response Fund created pursuant to subsection 38(b) of this chapter. The Attorney General shall act on behalf of the State to recover these expenses. The State or political subdivision shall be awarded costs and reasonable attorney's fees that are incurred as a result of exercising the provisions of this subsection. (Added 1989, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 27; amended 1989, No. 256 (Adj. Sess.), § 10(a), eff. Jan. 1, 1990; 1993, No. 194 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 7, 8, eff. June 14, 1994; 1999, No. 49, § 158; 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003; 2003, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 27; 2005, No. 72, § 14; 2005, No. 209 (Adj. Sess.), § 27; 2007, No. 153 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2015, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 36.)