Except as otherwise provided in section 3734.282 of the Revised Code, moneys collected from judgements for the state or settlements with the director of environmental protection, including those associated with bankruptcies, related to actions brought under Chapter 3714. and section 3734.13, 3734.20, 3734.22, 6111.03, or 6111.04 of the Revised Code; and moneys received under the "Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980," 94 Stat. 2767, 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., as amended, may be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the environmental protection remediation fund, which is hereby created. The environmental protection agency shall use the moneys in the fund only for the purpose of remediating conditions at a hazardous waste facility, a solid waste facility, a construction and demolition debris facility licensed under Chapter 3714. of the Revised Code, or another location at which the director has reason to believe there is a substantial threat to public health or safety or the environment. Remediation may include the direct and indirect costs associated with the overseeing, supervising, performing, verifying, or reviewing of remediation activities by agency employees. All investment earnings of the fund shall be credited to the 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 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.
Effective Date: 03-30-2000; 12-22-200.