98RS HB282


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HB 282 (BR 1547) - J. Lee, M. Brown, H. Moberly

     AN ACT relating to petroleum underground storage tanks.
     Amend various sections of subchapter 60 of KRS Chapter 224 relating to the underground storage tank program to declare the goal of protecting the Petroleum Storage Tank Environmental Assurance Fund against fraudulent claims; revise the definition of corrective action; reduce by one-half the level of financial responsibility for tank owners and operators; allow the fund to certify corrective action contractors; require the establishment of criteria for labs and the certification of labs; allow the fund to require prior approval of corrective action costs; allow the fund to conduct audits of contractors; allow inspections of petroleum storage tank corrective actions; allow audits to be paid for from the fund; limit reimbursement to costs incurred to comply only with corrective action requirements established by the cabinet and prohibit the reimbursement of additional costs to comply with a local program; set back the date to register tanks to July 15, 2000, from July 15, 1998; confirm Executive Order 96-485.


     HFA (1, J. Lee) - Require the financial auditors to be present at petroleum storage tank remediation sites after April 1, 1999; stipulate that costs of remediation that are incurred to meet a local program's requirements shall be neither reimbursable by the fund nor imposed on the owner or operator.
     SCA (1, D. Kelly) - Allow a tank removal to proceed without an auditor present and without making the facility ineligible for fund participation if the tank owner notifies the office of the tank removal at least two weeks before the removal and the auditor fails to be present and after an opportunity for the fund to reschedule an auditor to be present.
     SFA (2, E. Scorsone) - Limit the prohibition against the fund reimbursing costs related to a local program to costs associated with corrective action rather than with compliance with the local program.
     SFA (3, E. Scorsone) - Delete the prohibition against imposing on a tank owner the costs of complying with additional standards set by a local program.

     Jan 14-introduced in House
     Jan 15-to Natural Resources and Environment (H)
     Jan 27-posted in committee
     Feb 3-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) filed
     Feb 4-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 10-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for February 11, 1998
     Feb 11-3rd reading, passed 98-0 with Floor Amendment (1)
     Feb 12-received in Senate
     Feb 17-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)
     Mar 18-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with committee amendment (1)
     Mar 19-floor amendments (2) and (3) filed; 2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 23-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for March 25, 1998
     Mar 25-taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day; 3rd reading; floor amendment (2) withdrawn and floor amendment (3) defeated; passed 36-0 with committee amendment (1)
     Mar 26-received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate amendment
     Mar 31-House concurred in Senate committee amendment (1); passed 95-0
     Apr 1-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer, delivered to Governor
     Apr 10-signed by Governor

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