(A) If the director of environmental protection determines that conditions at a reporting facility constitute an imminent and substantial threat to public health or safety or are causing or contributing to, or are threatening to cause or contribute to, air or water pollution or soil contamination, the director may expend moneys from the immediate removal fund created in section 3745.12 of the Revised Code to take such remedial actions as are necessary or appropriate to protect the public health or safety or the environment, provided that a violation or failure to comply with any of the following has occurred or is occu[r]ring at the facility:
(1) Section 3752.06 of the Revised Code, a rule adopted under section 3752.03 of the Revised Code implementing that section, or a term or condition of an order issued under section 3752.16 of the Revised Code to enforce that section or rule;
(2) Section 3752.07 of the Revised Code, a rule adopted under section 3752.03 of the Revised Code implementing that section, or a term or condition of an order issued under section 3752.16 of the Revised Code to enforce that section or rule;
(10) Section 3752.11, 3752.111, or 3752.113 of the Revised Code or a rule adopted under section 3752.03 of the Revised Code pertaining to the securing of buildings, structures, and outdoor locations of operation in connection with any of those sections.
Expenditures from the fund to perform any such remedial action shall be made pursuant to contracts entered into by the director with persons who agree to furnish all of the materials, equipment, work, and labor as provided in the contract. Agents or employees of persons contracting with the director under this division may enter upon any land, public or private, as necessary to perform a remedial action under this division. The director shall keep a detailed accounting of the cost of each such remedial action.
(B) The owner or operator of a facility where a remedial action is undertaken under division (A) of this section is liable to the state for the total cost of the remedial action in addition to any other liabilities imposed by law. The total cost of the remedial action is a lien upon the facility. The director shall prepare and present for recording in the office of the county recorder of the county in which the facility is located notice of the lien. The county recorder shall not charge a fee for recording a notice of lien under this division.
(C) Upon completion of a remedial action under division (A) of this section, the director shall certify the total cost of the remedial action to the attorney general and shall send a copy of the notice of the lien to him. Upon receiving the director's certification and notice, the attorney general shall do one or both of the following:
(1) Bring a civil action to recover the total cost of the remedial action as certified by the director;
(2) Upon the written request of the director, foreclose the lien imposed by division (B) of this section.
All moneys recovered under this division shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the immediate removal fund.
Effective Date: 07-01-1996.