Idaho Statutes
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TITLE 39
HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 71
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT
39-7111.  Liability for release of a hazardous substance. (1) Any person who owns, controls, transports, or causes the release or threat of release of a substance which is involved in a hazardous substance incident shall be strictly liable for the costs arising out of a hazardous substance incident, identified in section 39-7112, Idaho Code. There shall be no liability under this chapter for a person otherwise liable who can establish by a preponderance of the evidence that:
(a)  The hazardous substance incident was caused solely by:
(i)   An act of God;
(ii)  An act of war;
(iii) An act or omission of a third party, other than an employee or agent of the potentially liable person if:
1.  The potentially liable person exercised reasonable care with respect to the substance involved, taking into consideration the characteristics of the substance in light of all relevant facts and circumstances; and
2.  The potentially liable person took precautions against foreseeable acts or omissions of any such third party and the consequences that could foreseeably result from such acts or omissions; or
(iv)  Application of a pesticide product or fertilizer registered under the federal insecticide, fungicide, and rodenticide act, 7 U.S.C. section 136, et seq., according to label requirements; or
(b)  The substance was not a hazardous substance and the person otherwise liable acted reasonably under the circumstances.

History:
[39-7111, added 1991, ch. 242, sec. 1, p. 590; am. 2009, ch. 281, sec. 5, p. 848.]


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