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§ 20-55. Evidence of financial ability

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 2. Agriculture

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 2. Agriculture
Chapter 1. Agricultural Code (Refs & Annos)
Article 20a. Oklahoma Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Act
2 Okl.St.Ann. § 20-55
§ 20-55. Evidence of financial ability
A. Any person who is licensed to operate an animal feeding operation with a liquid animal waste management system within this state shall furnish to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry evidence of financial ability to comply with the requirements for closure of retention structures and other waste facilities as established pursuant to the provisions of this section and rules promulgated by the State Board of Agriculture.
B. 1. To establish evidence of financial ability the Department shall require:
a. Category A surety which shall include a financial statement listing assets and liabilities and including a general release that the information may be verified with banks and other financial institutions. The financial statement shall be confidential and shall not be opened to public inspection. The statement shall prove a net worth of not less than:
(1) Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for any animal feeding operation licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Act having a capacity of more than three hundred (300) animal units but having one thousand (1,000) animal units or less,
(2) Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) for any animal feeding operation licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Act having a capacity of more than one thousand (1,000) animal units but less than two thousand (2,000) animal units, or
(3) Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) for any animal feeding operation licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Act having a capacity of more than two thousand (2,000) animal units, or
b. Category B surety which shall include an irrevocable commercial letter of credit, cash, a cashier's check, a Certificate of Deposit, Bank Joint Custody Receipt, other negotiable instrument or a blanket surety bond. Except as provided in paragraph 2 of this subsection, amount of such letter of credit, cash, check, certificate, bond, receipt or other negotiable instrument shall be in the amount of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00). The Department is authorized to determine the amount of Category B surety based upon the past performance of the owner or operator regarding compliance with the laws of this state, and any rules promulgated pursuant thereto. Any instrument shall constitute an unconditional promise to pay and be in a form negotiable by the Department.
2. The Department upon certification by any animal feeding operation subject to Category B surety that its liability statewide is less than the twenty-five-thousand-dollar standard specified in this section may allow the owner or operator to provide Category B type surety in an amount less than the required Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), but at least sufficient to cover the estimated cost of all closure and removal operations currently the responsibility of that owner or operator.
C. 1. Any animal feeding operation licensed pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Act which does not have any outstanding contempt citations or fines may post Category A surety.
2. Any animal feeding operation licensed pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Act which does have outstanding fines or contempt citations shall be required to post Category B surety. Animal feeding operations which have posted Category B surety and have operated under this type surety and have no outstanding fines at the end of three (3) years may post Category A surety.
D. For good cause shown concerning pollution by the animal feeding operations posting either Category A or B surety, the Department, after notice and hearing, may require the filing of additional Category B surety in an amount greater than Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) but not to exceed Five Dollars ($5.00) times the number of animal units for the facility being licensed.
E. 1. If the Department, after notice and an opportunity for hearing, determines that the animal feeding operation licensed pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Act has neglected, failed, or refused to close any surface impoundment, or remove or cause to be removed any equipment, or has abandoned the facility, then the animal feeding operation shall be deemed to have forfeited the letter of credit or negotiable instrument required by this section or shall pay to this state, for deposit in the State Treasury, a sum equal to the cost of closure of any surface impoundment or removal of equipment.
2. The Department may cause the remedial work to be done, issuing a warrant in payment of the cost thereof drawn against the monies accruing in the State Treasury from the forfeiture or payment.
3. The Department shall also recover any costs arising from litigation to enforce this provision. Provided, before an animal feeding operation is required to forfeit or pay any monies to the state pursuant to this section, the Department shall notify the animal feeding operation at the last-known address of the determination of neglect, failure or refusal to close any surface impoundment or remove equipment and the animal feeding operation shall have ten (10) days from the date of notification within which to commence remedial operations. Failure to commence remedial operations shall result in forfeiture or payment as provided in this subsection.
F. If title to an animal feeding operation is transferred, the transferee shall furnish the evidence of financial ability to close surface impoundments required by the provisions of this section prior to the transfer.

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Laws 2007, c. 31, § 42, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.
2 Okl. St. Ann. § 20-55, OK ST T. 2 § 20-55
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024) effective as of July 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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