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§ 7-221. Reimbursements

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEnvironment

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 7. Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Substances (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Controlled Hazardous Substances (Refs & Annos)
Part IV. State Hazardous Substance Control Fund
MD Code, Environment, § 7-221
§ 7-221. Reimbursements
In general
(a) All expenditures from the State Hazardous Substance Control Fund made by the Department under § 7-220(b) of this subtitle in response to a release or a threatened release of a hazardous substance at a particular site shall be reimbursed to the Department for the State Hazardous Substance Control Fund by the responsible person for the release or the threatened release.
Action for costs
(b)(1) In addition to any other legal action authorized by this subtitle, the Attorney General may bring an action to recover costs and interest from any responsible person who fails to make a reimbursement as required under subsection (a) of this section.
(2)(i) In an action under paragraph (1) of this subsection to recover costs, the State shall make a good faith effort to identify and seek recovery against all responsible persons.
(ii) The State shall seek recovery on an apportionment basis in accordance with a person's contribution to the situation or problem, when there is a reasonable basis for determining the contribution of a responsible person.
(iii) Reimbursement in any other case shall not be apportioned.
Recovery of costs; releases or threatened releases occurring before July 1, 1985
(c) The Department may recover costs for the Fund resulting from releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances whether or not the hazardous substance was placed at the site, released, or threatened to be released before July 1, 1985.
Liability of person responsible for release or threatened release
(d) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person who is liable for a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance under this subtitle is subject to the Uniform Contribution Among Tort-Feasors Act under Title 3, Subtitle 14 of the Courts Article, including a right of contribution, as if that person had caused an injury in tort.
Joinder of other responsible parties
(e) A responsible person against whom a legal action is brought under subsection (b) of this section for a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance may move to join any other responsible person under the Maryland Rules.
Department request for information
(f) Upon request by the Department, and after reasonable notice, a person shall provide to the Department any existing information or documents relating to:
(1) The identification, nature, and quantity of any hazardous substance which is or has been generated, treated, stored, or disposed of at a site or facility, or transported to a site or facility; and
(2) The nature or extent of a release of a hazardous substance at or from a site or facility.


Added by Acts 1982, c. 240, § 2. Amended by Acts 1984, c. 743, § 2; Acts 1985, c. 10; Acts 1985, c. 203; Acts 1986, c. 5, § 1; Acts 1986, c. 609; Acts 1987, c. 11, § 1; Acts 1989, c. 409; Acts 1991, c. 154; Acts 1997, c. 31, § 10, eff. Oct. 1, 1997; Acts 1998, c. 21, § 1, eff. April 14, 1998.
MD Code, Environment, § 7-221, MD ENVIR § 7-221
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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