17.56.824 DRAWING ON FINANCIAL ASSURANCE MECHANISMS
(1) The director shall require the guarantor, surety, or institution issuing a letter of credit to place the amount of funds stipulated by the director, up to the limit of funds provided by the financial assurance mechanism, into the standby trust if:
(a) (i) the owner or operator fails to establish alternate financial assurance within 60 days after receiving notice of cancellation of the guarantee, surety bond, letter of credit, or, as applicable, other financial assurance mechanism; and
(ii) the director determines or suspects that a release from an underground storage tank covered by the mechanism has occurred and so notifies the owner or operator or the owner or operator has notified the director pursuant to subchapters 5 or 6 of a release from an underground storage tank covered by the mechanism; or
(b) the conditions of (2) (a) or (2) (b) (i) or (ii) of this rule are satisfied.
(2) The director may draw on a standby trust fund when:
(a) the director makes a final determination that a release has occurred and immediate or long-term corrective action for the release is needed, and the owner or operator, after appropriate notice and opportunity to comply, has not conducted corrective action as required under ARM Title 17, chapter 56, subchapter 6; or
(b) the director has received either:
(i) certification from the owner or operator and the third-party liability claimant(s) and from attorneys representing the owner or operator and a third-party liability claim should be paid. The certification must be worded as follows, except that instruction in brackets are to be replaced with the relevant information and the brackets deleted:
Certification of Valid Claim
The undersigned, as principals and as legal representatives of [insert owner or operator] and [insert name and address of third-party claimant], hereby certify that the claim of bodily injury [and/or] property damage caused by an accidental release arising from operating [owner's or operator's] underground storage tank should be paid in the amount of $[ ].
Owner or Operator
Attorney for Owner or Operator
Attorney(s) for Claimant(s)
(ii) A valid final court order establishing a judgment against the owner or operator for bodily injury or property damage caused by an accidental release from an underground storage tank covered by financial assurance under this subchapter and the director determines that the owner or operator has not satisfied the judgment.
(3) If the director determines that the amount of corrective action costs and third-party liability claims eligible for payment under (2) may exceed the balance of the standby trust fund and the obligation of the provider of financial assurance, the first priority for payment shall be corrective action costs necessary to protect human health and the environment. The director shall pay third-party liability claims in the order in which the director receives certifications under (2)(b)(i), and valid court orders under (2)(b)(ii).
History: 75-11-505, MCA; IMP, 75-11-505, MCA; NEW, 1989 MAR p. 1912, Eff. 11/23/89; TRANS, from DHES, 1995 MAR p. 2259; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 1189, Eff. 8/24/07.