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Title 24 : Municipal and County Government

Chapter 120 : SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVOLVING FUND

Subchapter 001 : GENERAL PROVISIONS

(Cite as: 24 V.S.A. § 4753)
  • § 4753. Revolving loan funds; authority to spend; report

    (a) There is hereby established a series of special funds to be known as:

    (1) The Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Control Revolving Fund, which shall be used, consistent with federal law, to provide loans to municipalities and State agencies for planning and construction of water pollution abatement and control facilities, including acquisitions of project-related easements, land, options to purchase land, and temporary or permanent rights-of-way, and for implementing related management programs.

    (2) The Vermont Pollution Control Revolving Fund, which shall be used to provide loans to municipalities and State agencies for planning and construction of water pollution abatement and control facilities, including acquisitions of project-related easements, land, options to purchase land, and temporary or permanent rights-of-way.

    (3) The Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which shall be used to provide loans to municipalities and certain privately owned water systems for:

    (A) planning, designing, constructing, repairing, or improving public water supply systems, including acquisitions of project-related easements, land, options to purchase land, and temporary or permanent rights-of-way, in order to comply with State and federal standards and protect public health and the environment; and

    (B) implementing related management programs.

    (4) The Vermont Solid Waste Revolving Fund, which shall be used to provide loans to municipalities (including union municipal districts formed under chapter 121, subchapter 3 of this title) for planning solid waste handling and disposal facilities as enumerated in section 2203a of this title, and for constructing publicly owned solid waste handling and disposal facilities as enumerated in section 2203a of this title.

    (5) The Vermont Drinking Water Planning Loan Fund, which shall be used to provide loans to municipalities and privately owned, nonprofit community water systems, for conducting feasibility studies and for the preparation of preliminary engineering planning studies and final engineering plans and specifications for improvements to public water supply systems in order to comply with State and federal standards and to protect public health. The Secretary may forgive up to $50,000.00 of the unpaid balance of a loan made from the Vermont Drinking Water Planning Loan Fund to municipalities after project construction is substantially completed or upon approval of a plan. The Secretary shall establish amounts, eligibility, policies, and procedures for loan forgiveness in the annual State intended use plan (IUP), as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. § 300f et seq., with public review and comment prior to finalization and submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    (6) The Vermont Drinking Water Source Protection Fund, which shall be used to provide loans to municipalities for purchasing land or conservation easements in order to protect public water sources and ensure compliance with State and federal drinking water regulations.

    (7) The Vermont Drinking Water Emergency Use Fund, which shall be within the control of the Secretary. Disbursements from the Fund may be made by the Secretary for costs required to undertake the following emergency actions that the Secretary considers necessary to protect public health:

    (A) collecting and analyzing samples of drinking water;

    (B) hiring contractors to perform or cause to be performed infrastructure repairs of public water supply systems;

    (C) hiring certified operators to perform operational activities at public water supply systems; and

    (D) providing or causing to be provided bottled or bulk water for public water supply systems due to problems with quality or quantity, or both.

    (8) [Repealed.]

    (9) The Vermont Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, which shall be used to provide loans to a municipality for the design, land acquisition, if necessary, and construction of a potable water supply when a household in the municipality has been disconnected involuntarily from a public water supply system for reasons other than nonpayment of fees.

    (10) The Vermont Wastewater and Potable Water Revolving Loan Fund, which shall be used to provide loans to individuals, in accordance with section 4763b of this title, for the design and construction of repairs to or replacement of wastewater systems and potable water supplies when the wastewater system or potable water supply is a failed system or supply as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 1972. The amount of $275,000.00 from the fees collected pursuant to 3 V.S.A. § 2822(j)(4) shall be deposited on an annual basis into this Fund.

    (b) Each of such funds shall be established and held separate and apart from any other funds or monies of the State and shall be used and administered exclusively for the purpose of this chapter with the exception of transferring funds from the Vermont Drinking Water Planning Loan Fund and the Vermont Drinking Water Source Protection Fund to the Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and from the Vermont Pollution Control Revolving Fund to the Vermont Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Control Revolving Fund, when authorized by the Secretary. These funds shall be administered by the Bond Bank on behalf of the State, except that: the Vermont EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund shall be administered by VEDA concerning loans to privately owned water systems under subdivisions (a)(3) and (5) of this section; and the Vermont Wastewater and Potable Water Revolving Loan Fund may be administered by a community development financial institution, as that term is defined in 12 U.S.C. § 4702, that is contracted with by the State for the purpose of providing loans to individuals for failed wastewater systems and potable water supplies under subdivision (a)(10) of this section. The funds shall be invested in the same manner as permitted for investment of funds belonging to the State or held in the Treasury. The funds shall consist of the following:

    (1) such sums as may be appropriated or transferred thereto from time to time by the General Assembly, the State Emergency Board, or the Joint Fiscal Committee during such times as the General Assembly is not in session;

    (2) principal and interest received from the repayment of loans made from each of such funds;

    (3) capitalization grants and awards made to the State by the United States of America for any of the purposes for which such funds have been established;

    (4) interest earned from the investment of fund balances;

    (5) private gifts, bequests, and donations made to the State for any of the purposes for which such funds have been established; and

    (6) other funds from any public or private source intended for use for any of the purposes for which such funds have been established.

    (c) In addition to the purposes established in subsection (a) of this section, the various loan funds created herein may be used for one or more of the purposes established in section 4757 of this title.

    (d) [Repealed.]

    (e) The Secretary may bring an action under this subsection or other available State and federal laws against the owner or permittee of the public water supply systems to seek reimbursement to the Vermont Drinking Water Emergency Use Fund for all disbursements from the Fund made pursuant to subdivision (a)(7) of this section. To the extent compatible with the urgency of the situation, the Secretary shall provide an opportunity for the responsible water system owner or permittee to undertake the necessary actions under the direction of the Secretary prior to making disbursements. (Added 1987, No. 75, § 1; amended 1993, No. 233 (Adj. Sess.), § 62, eff. June 21, 1994; 1995, No. 62, § 44, eff. April 26, 1995; 1997, No. 62, § 67, eff. June 26, 1997; 1997, No. 134 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1997, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 51, eff. April 29, 1998; 1999, No. 109 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1999, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 52, eff. May 24, 2000; 2001, No. 61, § 38, eff. June 16, 2001; 2001, No. 109 (Adj. Sess.), § 11; eff. May 16, 2002; 2001, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 90, eff. June 27, 2002; 2003, No. 63, § 50, eff. June 11, 2003; 2007, No. 52, §§ 43, 46, eff. May 28, 2007; 2007, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. May 12, 2008; 2011, No. 104 (Adj. Sess.), § 28e, eff. May 7, 2012; 2011, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 13; 2013, No. 137 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 22, 2014; 2015, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 26, eff. May 12, 2016; 2015, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § E.709.2, eff. June 8, 2016.)