PETROLEUM CLEAN WATER TRUST FUND ACT
41-4905. Creation, authorization and management of the Idaho petroleum clean water trust fund. (1) The Idaho petroleum clean water trust fund is hereby created, subject to the direction and supervision of the board, and the administrator is hereby authorized to utilize this trust fund for the purpose of insuring governmental and private entities who are owners and operators of petroleum storage tanks against the costs of corrective action and compensating third parties that are legally entitled to receive compensation for bodily injury and property damage arising out of accidental releases of petroleum from petroleum storage tanks covered by a contract of insurance between the owner or operator and the trust fund.
(2) Nothing in this chapter shall enlarge or otherwise adversely affect the legal liability of any legal entity insured by the trust fund, and any immunity or other bar to a civil lawsuit under Idaho or federal law shall remain in effect. The fact that the trust fund insures the legal liability of any legal entity and thus may relieve the entity or an employee of the entity from the payment of any judgment arising from a civil lawsuit, shall not be communicated to the trier of fact in such a lawsuit.
(3) The trust fund shall consist of all application fees and all transfer fees collected pursuant to section 41-4909, Idaho Code, all other moneys received and paid into the trust fund, property and securities acquired by or through the use of money belonging to the trust fund, money loaned to the trust fund under the terms and agreements of a subordinated note of indebtedness or borrowed surplus as hereinafter defined and authorized, and of interest earned on money and securities owned or in the possession of the trust fund under an agreement that such investment earnings can accrue to the benefit of the trust fund.
(4) The trust fund shall have the powers and privileges of a nonprofit corporate entity and in its name may sue and be sued in any court of competent jurisdiction, and may lease and maintain offices and space for its departmental and operational facilities, subject to the provisions of chapters 6 and 7, title 41, Idaho Code.
(5) The administrator shall enter into a management and administrative contract with the trust fund to provide the following services:
(a) Administrative functions including the hiring of qualified personnel and the payment of salaries and wages earned, plus recordkeeping for the personnel hired to provide services for the trust fund.
(b) Accounting and recordkeeping of all receipts and disbursements of the trust fund.
(c) Underwriting functions of the trust fund to issue contracts of liability insurance and charge appropriate application fees under section 41-4909, Idaho Code, for such contracts and keep accurate statistical records.
(d) Claims handling functions of the trust fund to process and pay appropriate claims in a prompt, fair and reasonable manner.
(e) Auditing functions of the trust fund to maintain accurate records of receipts and disbursements by the trust fund and accurate reporting of statistics by owners or operators of storage tanks covered by a contract of insurance issued by the trust fund.
(f) Actuarial functions of the trust fund to maintain credible and viable statistics, sufficient operating fund balances, and appropriate loss reserves.
(g) Computer and data processing functions to assist the trust fund in maintaining complete and accurate records in a timely manner and issue loss payments and other disbursements, as well as provide individual statistics and records of storage tanks covered by a contract of insurance issued by the trust fund.
(h) Computer programming functions to maintain a proficient and current data processing system for the trust fund.
(i) Legal services for the trust fund.
(j) Any and all other functions the administrator deems prudent and reasonable to assure the successful operation of the trust fund.
(6) The Idaho petroleum clean water trust fund shall be administered without liability on the part of the state insurance fund or the state of Idaho beyond the amount of said trust fund.
(7) The administrator shall have the power to receive and account for all moneys paid into the trust fund, accept and evaluate applications for insurance coverage and issue the contracts of insurance and evaluate, investigate and adjust claims made against the trust fund and make agreements for corrective actions or compensation to third parties for bodily injury or property damage those parties may be legally entitled to receive from the trust fund in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(8) The administrator shall establish underwriting procedures to issue contracts of insurance and claim procedures. The administrator shall be given notice of all applications, hearings and proceedings involving the rights of the trust fund and shall represent the trust fund in all proceedings. The administrator’s decisions shall be written, and shall include all reasons for his decisions and shall be subject to judicial review in the district court of Ada county; provided, however, that the administrator and the trust fund shall not be liable for alleged bad faith or other legal theories based on any method or timing of the claims processed on his decision.
(9) The administrator may employ legal counsel or obtain legal counsel through the attorney general concerning all legal matters arising out of the existence and operation of the trust fund, including claims made against the contracts of insurance issued by the administrator of the trust fund.
(10) The administrator may also employ such employees or contract for such services as are necessary to assist in the administration of the trust fund, and all such administrative expenses incurred by the state insurance fund for the benefit of the trust fund shall be reimbursed by the trust fund.
[(41-4905) 41-4904, added 1990, ch. 119, sec. 1, p. 271; am. 1991, ch. 59, sec. 3, p. 119; am. 1998, ch. 428, sec. 7, p. 1353; am. & redesig. 2003, ch. 96, sec. 3, p. 286.]