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(1) Upon completion of any task or subtask identified in a corrective action plan, the owner or operator, or a remediation contractor acting on behalf of the owner or operator, may submit the claim to the board on a form provided by the board.

(2) The claim must include all the information required by the board's claim form, and a certification verified by a notary public that the individual signing the claim form is the owner or operator or is authorized to represent the owner or operator and that the statements in the claim form are true to the best of the signer's knowledge.

(3) Applications may be submitted in a piecemeal manner on the cleanup of a single release in situations where the cleanup would require a considerable period of time.

(4) The individual that signed the claim can request in writing that any incomplete or insufficiently documented costs be withdrawn from the claim. Withdrawn costs may be submitted at a later date on a new claim form. Costs that are withdrawn and later submitted will be processed as a new claim.

(5) The minimum claim value may not be less than $500 except:

(a) when a claim includes only utility bills or laboratory invoices, the minimum is reduced to $100;

(b) when the five-year limitation period set forth in 75-11-307(2)(i), MCA, will expire before a total of $500 in cleanup costs will be accrued;

(c) when the claim is the final claim for a resolved release; and

(d) when specific circumstances warrant, additional exceptions may be permitted.

(6) When submitting an invoice to be divided among multiple releases, the invoice must be equal to or in excess of $500.

History: 75-11-318, MCA; IMP, 75-11-309, MCA; NEW, 1990 MAR p. 516, Eff. 3/16/90; AMD, 1991 MAR p. 2036, Eff. 11/1/91; TRANS, from DHES, and AMD, 1996 MAR p. 3125, Eff. 12/6/96; AMD, 1999 MAR p. 2279, Eff. 10/8/99; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 377, Eff. 3/25/11.

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