Except as otherwise provided in sections 3734.281 and 3734.282 of the Revised Code, moneys collected under sections 3734.122, 3734.13, 3734.20, 3734.22, 3734.24, and 3734.26 of the Revised Code and under the "Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980," 94 Stat. 2767, 42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq., as amended, including moneys recovered under division (B)(1) of this section, shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the hazardous waste clean-up fund, which is hereby created. In addition, both of the following shall be credited to the fund:
(A) Moneys recovered for costs paid from the fund for activities described in divisions (A)(1) and (2) of section 3745.12 of the Revised Code;
(B) Natural resource damage assessment costs recovered under any of the following:
(1) The "Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980," 94 Stat. 2767, 42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq., as amended;
(2) The "Oil Pollution Act of 1990," 104 Stat. 484, 33 U.S.C. 2701, et seq., as amended;
(3) The "Clean Water Act of 1977," 91 Stat. 1566, 33 U.S.C. 1321, et seq., as amended;
(4) Any other applicable federal or state law.
The environmental protection agency shall use the moneys in the fund for the purposes set forth in division (D) of section 3734.122, sections 3734.19, 3734.20, 3734.21, 3734.23, 3734.25, 3734.26, and 3734.27, divisions (A)(1) and (2) of section 3745.12, and Chapter 3746. of the Revised Code, including any related enforcement expenses and administrative expenses of any related closure or corrective action program. In addition, the agency shall use the moneys in the fund to pay the state's long-term operation and maintenance costs or matching share for actions taken under the "Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980," as amended. If those moneys are reimbursed by grants or other moneys from the United States or any other person, the moneys shall be placed in the fund and not in the general revenue fund.
The director of environmental protection may enter into contracts and grant agreements with federal, state, or local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and colleges and universities for the purpose of carrying out the responsibilities of the environmental protection agency for which money may be expended from the fund.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 06-26-2003; 09-29-200.