WSR 05-19-080

PERMANENT RULES

POLLUTION LIABILITY

INSURANCE AGENCY

[ Filed September 20, 2005, 9:18 a.m. , effective October 21, 2005 ]


Purpose: Amend chapter 374-60 WAC to be consistent with legislative changes made during the 2005 legislative session to chapter 70.148 RCW.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 374-60-010, 374-60-020, 374-60-060, 374-60-070, 374-60-080, 374-60-090, 374-60-100, 374-60-110, and 374-60-120.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 70.148.130.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-15-109 on July 18, 2005.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Changed the definition of "remote rural communities." Added language to the definition of "sole source" to include reference to RCW 70.148.130 (20)(b) and kept the five-mile requirement rather than changing it to ten. Removed language to reduce redundancies and for better clarification.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 9, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 9, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 9, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: September 20, 2005.

Lynn Gooding

Acting Director

OTS-8206.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-24-048, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91)

WAC 374-60-010   Authority and purpose.   The purpose of this chapter is to clarify eligibility criteria and requirements for ((the conduct of)) the underground storage tank community assistance program as set forth in chapter 70.148 RCW.

This chapter recognizes the hardship posed by loss of local sources of petroleum products faced by rural and remote communities, local governments and rural hospitals due to an inability to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and department of ecology regulations and requirements for petroleum underground storage tanks. The underground storage tank community assistance program will award grants to qualifying privately owned and operated sources of petroleum products, local government entities, and rural hospitals meeting vital government, public health, education, recreation, or safety needs for replacement or upgrading and, if required, clean up of underground petroleum storage tank sites.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 91-24-048, 374-60-010, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 93-01, filed 1/27/93, effective 2/27/93)

WAC 374-60-020   Definitions.   (1) "Agency" means the Washington state pollution liability insurance agency.

(2) "Charity care" means necessary hospital health care rendered to indigent persons, to the extent that the persons are unable to pay for the care or to pay deductibles or co-insurance amounts required by a third party payor, as determined by the Washington state hospital commission. (Defined in RCW 70.39.020.)

(3) "Cleanup" means any remedial action taken that complies with WAC 173-340-450 and any remedial action taken at a site to eliminate, render less toxic, stabilize, contain, immobilize, isolate, treat, destroy, or remove a hazardous substance that complies with WAC 173-340-360.

(4) "Community assistance program" means the program established by the Washington state legislature under the provision of chapter 70.148 RCW to provide financial assistance grants to:

(a) Private owners and operators of underground petroleum storage tanks;

(b) Local governmental entities((,)); and((;))

(c) Rural hospitals.

(5) "Director" means the director of the Washington state pollution liability insurance agency.

(6) "Local government entity" means a unit of local government, either general purpose or special purpose, and includes but is not limited to, counties, cities, towns, school districts and other governmental and political subdivisions. The local government unit must perform a public purpose and either:

(a) Receive an annual appropriation;

(b) Have taxing power; ((and)) or

(c) Derive authority from state or local government law enforcement power.

(7) "Operator" means any person in control of, or having responsibility for, the daily operation of a petroleum underground storage tank ((system)). (Defined in RCW 70.148.010.)

(8) "Owner" means any person who owns a petroleum underground storage tank. (Defined in RCW 70.148.010.)

(9) "Petroleum" means crude oil or any fraction of crude oil that is liquid at standard conditions of temperature and pressure (sixty degrees Fahrenheit and 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute) and includes gasoline, kerosene, heating oils and diesel fuels. (Defined in RCW 70.148.010.)

(10) "Private owner or operator" means any person, corporation, partnership or business that owns or operates one or more regulated petroleum underground storage tanks maintained for the purpose of providing petroleum products for retail sale to the public.

(11) "Release" means the emission, discharge, disposal, dispersal, seepage, or escape of petroleum from an underground storage tank into or upon land, ground water, surface water, subsurface soils, or the atmosphere. (Defined in RCW 70.148.010.)

(12) "Remote rural community" means ((a geographic area outside the boundaries of an urban area of 10,000 or more of population, and which is either (1) in an incorporated city or town located at a distance from an incorporated city or town or urban area of 10,000 or more of population or, (2) in an area outside of an incorporated city or town and at a distance from an incorporated city or town or urban area of 10,000 or more of population)) the UST site cannot be located within a city, town or urban area with a population of ten thousand or more.

(13) "Rural hospital" means a hospital located anywhere in the state except the following areas:

(a) The counties of Snohomish (including Camano Island), King, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, Clark and Spokane;

(b) Areas within a twenty-five mile radius of an urban area with a population exceeding thirty thousand persons; and

(c) Those cities or city-clusters located in rural counties but which for all practical purposes are urban. These areas are Bellingham, Aberdeen-Hoquiam, Longview-Kelso, Wenatchee, Yakima, Sunnyside, Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, and Walla Walla. (Defined in RCW 18.89.020.)

(14) "Serious financial hardship" means:

(a) For a private sector applicant, that the applicant can provide conclusive evidence that the business and/or business operator(s), business owner(s) having a 20% or greater interest in the business or other persons with a beneficial interest in the business' profits do not have the cash, cash equivalents or borrowing capacity to bring a petroleum underground storage tank ((system)) site into compliance with all federal and state underground storage tank regulations and requirements ((scheduled to be in effect on December 22, 1998.));

(b) For a public sector applicant, that the applicant can provide conclusive evidence that the unit of government does not have adequate fund balances, debt capacity or other local revenue generating options to bring a petroleum underground storage tank ((system)) site into compliance with all federal and state underground storage tank regulations and requirements ((scheduled to be in effect on December 22, 1998)); and

(c) For a rural hospital, that the applicant can provide conclusive evidence that the rural hospital does not have the cash, cash equivalents or borrowing capacity to bring a petroleum underground storage tank ((system)) site into compliance with all federal and state underground storage tank regulations and requirements ((scheduled to be in effect on December 22, 1998)).

(15) "Sole source" means the only retailer of petroleum products to the motoring public that is located in a city or town or, if the retailer is remote from a community, the only business within a minimum of a five-mile radius where the motoring public can purchase petroleum products. For retailers that meet the requirements of RCW 70.148.130 (20)(b), the business must be the only one within a minimum of a ten-mile radius.

(16) "Underground storage tank (UST)" means any one or combination of tanks, including underground pipes connected to the tank, that is used to contain an accumulation of petroleum and the volume of which (including the volume of underground pipes connected to the tank) is ten percent or more beneath the surface of the ground. (Defined in RCW 70.148.010.)

(17) "UST site" means the location at which underground storage tanks are in place or will be placed. An UST site encompasses all of the property with a contiguous ownership that is associated with the use of the tanks. (Defined in WAC 173-360-120.)

(18) "Vital local government, public health, education, recreation or safety need" means an essential or indispensable service provided by government for citizens.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 93-04-041 (Order 93-01), 374-60-020, filed 1/27/93, effective 2/27/93; 91-24-048, 374-60-020, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 93-01, filed 1/27/93, effective 2/27/93)

WAC 374-60-060   Applications.   (1) Applications for assistance under the underground storage tank community assistance program shall be made on forms furnished by the agency in accordance with their instructions. All applications shall be legible, contain all the information required and shall be accompanied by all required documents and exhibits.

(a) Applications which are illegible, incomplete, or which fail to include all necessary information, documents or exhibits, or which are otherwise not in compliance with these rules, may be rejected by the agency.

(b) The agency may ignore defects in applications which are immaterial or insubstantial.

(2) Separate and different applications will be prepared for:

(a) Private owners and operators;

(b) Local government entities; and

(c) Rural hospitals.

(3) Applications will be prepared in two parts:

(a) Part I of the application is designed to determine if the applicant meets certain eligibility criteria established for the program.

(b) Part II of the application is designed to determine if the applicant meets the financial eligibility criteria established for a grant, and requires detailed financial information, submission of a construction proposal, and certification by a local government entity of the vital local government, public health, education, recreation or safety need met by the continued operation of the UST(s).

(4) The director shall provide forms to local government entities for certification that continued operation of UST(s) by the private owners and operators is necessary to meet vital local government, public health, education, recreation or safety needs. Such certification shall consist of a local government resolution certifying:

(a) That other petroleum providers are remote from the community;

(b) ((That the applicant is capable of faithfully fulfilling the agreement required for financial assistance;

(c))) The specific vital need or needs the owner or operator meets; and

(((d))) (c) Designating the local official who will be responsible for negotiating the contract for provision of cost-plus petroleum products to the local governmental entity.

(5) The director shall provide forms to local government entities for certification that maintaining continued operation of the petroleum UST(s) owned by the local government meets a vital local public health, education, recreation, or safety need. Such certification shall consist of a local government resolution certifying that continued operation of the UST(s) meets a vital local government, public health, education, recreation, or safety need.

(6) The director shall provide forms to local government entities for certification that UST(s) operated by rural hospitals meet vital public health, and safety needs. Such certification shall consist of a local government resolution certifying that the continued operation of the UST(s) by the rural hospital is necessary.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 93-04-041 (Order 93-01), 374-60-060, filed 1/27/93, effective 2/27/93; 91-24-048, 374-60-060, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 93-01, filed 1/27/93, effective 2/27/93)

WAC 374-60-070   Eligibility -- Private owners and operators.   Private owners and operators, or a combination thereof, of an UST site may be eligible for an underground storage tank community assistance program grant if they meet the following requirements:

(((a) Be the owner)) (1) Own or ((operator of)) operate an UST(s) located in the state of Washington which is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the department of ecology and for which proof of financial responsibility is currently or will be required;

(((b))) (2) Own or operate a business ((selling)) that sells or has sold petroleum products to the motoring public in a remote rural area;

(((c))) (3) Demonstrate that the UST(s) is registered with the department of ecology;

(((d))) (4) Demonstrate that the replacement or upgrading of the UST(s) and cleanup of the site would, without financial assistance, create serious financial hardship;

(((e))) (5) Demonstrate that continued operation of the UST(s) meets a vital local government, public health, recreation, or safety need, as evidenced by a local government entity's certification; and

(((f) Provide proof that the UST(s) is insured against pollution liability or that application for pollution liability insurance has been made)) (6) Sites with contamination must file a claim with any valid pollution liability insurance policy.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 93-04-041 (Order 93-01), 374-60-070, filed 1/27/93, effective 2/27/93; 91-24-048, 374-60-070, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-24-048, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91)

WAC 374-60-080   Eligibility -- Local government entities.   A local government may be eligible for an underground storage tank community assistance program grant if it meets the following requirements:

(((a))) (1) Be the owner or operator of an UST(s) located in the state of Washington which is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the department of ecology and for which proof of financial responsibility is currently or will be required;

(((b))) (2) Demonstrate that the UST(s) is registered with the department of ecology;

(((c))) (3) Demonstrate that the replacement or upgrading of the UST(s) and cleanup of the site would, without financial assistance, create serious financial hardship;

(((d))) (4) Demonstrate that continued operation of the UST(s) meets a vital local government, public health, education, recreation, or safety need((; and

(e) Provide proof that the UST(s) is insured against pollution liability or that application for pollution liability insurance has been made. Applicants must apply for insurance with one of the two insurers reinsured by the agency)).

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 91-24-048, 374-60-080, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-24-048, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91)

WAC 374-60-090   Eligibility -- Rural hospitals.   A rural hospital may be eligible for an underground storage tank community assistance program grant if it meets the following requirements:

(((a))) (1) Be the owner or operator of an UST(s) located in the state of Washington which is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the department of ecology and for which proof of financial responsibility is currently or will be required;

(((b))) (2) Demonstrate that the UST(s) is registered with the department of ecology;

(((c))) (3) Demonstrate that the replacement or upgrading of the UST(s) and cleanup of the site would, without financial assistance, create serious financial hardship;

(((d))) (4) Demonstrate that continued operation of the UST(s) meets a vital local government, public health or safety need as evidenced by a local governmental entity's certification((; and

(e) Provide proof that the UST(s) is insured against pollution liability or that application for pollution liability insurance has been made. Applicants must apply for insurance with one of the two insurers reinsured by the agency)).

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 91-24-048, 374-60-090, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-24-048, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91)

WAC 374-60-100   Evaluation.   (1) Evaluation of applications for the UST community assistance program will be based on an assessment of eligibility, based on the requirements included in chapter 70.148 RCW.

(2) Applications of private owners and operators will be judged on three criteria. Evaluations will be based on:

(a) The financial condition of both the business and its owner(s) and operator(s) to determine if serious financial hardship exists;

(b) The vital local government ((or)), public health, education, recreation, or safety need(s) provided by the business; and

(c) Location and type of business.

(3) Applications of local government entities will be judged on three criteria. Evaluations will be based on:

(a) The financial condition of the local government entity to determine if a serious financial hardship exists;

(b) The vital local public health, education, recreation, or safety need(s) met by the continued operation of the UST(s); and

(c) Priority shall be given to local government entities which consolidate multiple operational UST(s) into as few sites as possible.

(4) Applications of rural hospitals will be judged on two criteria. Evaluations will be based on:

(a) The financial condition of the hospital to determine if a serious financial hardship exists; and

(b) The vital local public health or safety need(s) met by the continued operation of the UST(s).

(5) Evaluation of applications will be conducted by a screening team((s)) that will assess and score Part I and Part II of the application((, and by screening teams that will assess and score Part II of the application)). The assessments of the screening team((s)) will be compiled and presented ((with a recommendation to the agency director. The director shall review applications with the pollution liability insurance agency technical advisory committee and consult with the technical advisory committee prior to the announcement of the awarding of grants)) to the agency director for final determination.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 91-24-048, 374-60-100, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-24-048, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91)

WAC 374-60-110   Funding.   (1) Funds for the UST community assistance program shall be made available from the pollution liability insurance program trust account in accordance with the provision of chapter 70.148 RCW.

(2) ((The director may expend no more than fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000.00) for the UST community assistance program.

(3))) Grants shall be limited to no more than ((one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00))) two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00) in value for any one UST site of which amount no more than seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00) in value may be provided for cleanup of existing contamination caused by petroleum from the tank(s).

(((4))) (3) Grants shall be limited to only that amount necessary to supplement the applicant's financial resources.

(((5))) (4) No grant may be used for any purpose other than for replacement or upgrading of UST(s), or for cleanup of ((existing)) contamination caused by petroleum from the tank(s). The director may, however, provide financial assistance for the establishment of a new local government UST site if it is the result of consolidation of multiple operational UST sites into as few sites as possible. In such case, the grant shall be only for the amount of construction of the new UST site. The removal of the old UST(s) and any cleanup associated with the removal shall be the responsibility of the local government.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 91-24-048, 374-60-110, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-04-005, filed 1/25/96, effective 2/25/96)

WAC 374-60-120   Grant management.   (1) Successful applicants will be notified by letter of the award of a grant. Entitlement to a grant is finalized only after a contract has been finalized between the agency and the grant recipient, and a contract has been finalized between the grant recipient and the contractor ((performing the replacement or upgrading of the UST(s))).

(a) Contracts may be entered only after all program eligibility requirements have been met, funds are available and the application and evaluation process has been completed to the satisfaction of the agency.

(b) Each contract becomes effective only with the signing of both required contracts. The day of the signing establishes the beginning date of the project. No costs incurred prior to that date are eligible for payment under the grant unless specific provision is made in the grant contract for such costs.

(2) The contract between the agency and a private owner and/or operator shall contain:

(a) An agreement assuring the state of Washington that the business, including the UST site, will be maintained for the retail sale of petroleum products to the public for at least fifteen (15) years after the grant is awarded;

(b) An agreement to sell petroleum products to local governmental entities on a cost-plus basis;

(c) An agreement to comply with all technical and financial responsibility regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the department of ecology;

(d) An agreement awarding the state of Washington a real property lien ensuring repayment of grant funds should any of the above conditions be violated. Such lien is to be binding on all heirs, successors or assignees of the grantee; and

(e) An agreement that should the grantee or any successor fail to adhere to all the terms of the contract through willful act, the amount of the grant shall immediately become due and payable to the state of Washington.

(3) The contract between the agency and a local government shall contain an agreement to comply with all technical and financial responsibility regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the department of ecology.

(4) The contract between the agency and a rural hospital shall contain:

(a) An agreement to comply with all technical and financial responsibility regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the department of ecology; and

(b) An agreement to provide charity care in a dollar amount equivalent to the financial assistance provided under the underground storage tank community assistance program. The period of time for the charity care to be accomplished will be established by the agency in consultation with the department of health, but will not exceed fifteen years.

(5) Contracts between the grantees and contractors shall contain terms covering payments, conditions of work and contaminated soil and water remediation procedures.

(6) If the grantee elects pollution liability insurance as the method for meeting financial responsibility, the insurance policy must name the pollution liability insurance agency as a "loss payee." If another method of demonstrating financial responsibility is selected, there must exist a provision for the agency to place an appropriate encumbrance on that document.

(7) Annually((, the local government entity that certified the vital local government, public health, education or safety need of the UST(s) must report, on a form provided by the agency, the status of contracts and services.

(8) Quarterly)), a private owner or operator that receives a grant must submit a report, on a form provided by the agency, of petroleum business volume and what local government contracts are currently in effect.

(8) Annually, a local government that receives a grant must submit a report, on a form provided by the agency, of petroleum business volume.

(9) Annually, a rural hospital that has received a grant will report to the agency the amount of charity care provided and the dollar value of that care.

(10) At the conclusion of the fifteen-year agreement, the agency will sign a release of any claim on the real property named in the original contract between the grantee and the agency. The responsibility for removing the lien will rest with the current property owner of record.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 96-04-005, 374-60-120, filed 1/25/96, effective 2/25/96; 93-04-041 (Order 93-01), 374-60-120, filed 1/27/93, effective 2/27/93; 91-24-048, 374-60-120, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91.]

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