HEALTH AND SAFETY
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY — HEALTH
39-116A. Compliance agreement schedules. (1) The director is hereby authorized to enter into a compliance agreement schedule with any person. An agreement entered into under this section shall not relieve any person from the obligation to comply with applicable human health and environmental protection statutes and rules, but may include an enforceable schedule for actions necessary for the person to come into or maintain compliance as expeditiously as practicable with such statutes and rules, if the person demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that such a schedule is appropriate, given the factors listed in subsection (4) of this section. The provisions of this section shall not apply where prohibited by federal or state law.
(2) The department may propose, and the board adopt, rules necessary for the implementation of this section.
(3) In establishing any compliance agreement schedule, the term of the agreement shall not exceed ten (10) years, although successive agreements may be entered into. Agreements shall provide for annual meetings between the department and the person to reassess whether, considering the factors listed in subsection (4) of this section, the schedule and other terms of the agreement are still appropriate. All agreements must be signed by the director or his designee and an authorized representative on behalf of the person. All agreements are enforceable as orders under the provisions of this chapter.
(4) Agreements and schedules entered into under this act shall take into account, in descending priority the:
(a) Protection of public health;
(b) Protection of environment;
(c) Ability of the person to pay for costs of compliance;
(d) Current fiscal obligations of the person;
(e) Other factors as determined by the department or the board.
[39-116A, added 2003, ch. 317, sec. 1, p. 869.]