34A-12-3. Regulated substance response fund established--Purpose--Source of funds--Continuous appropriation--Informational budget--Annual legislative review.

There is hereby established in the state treasury an operating fund to be known as the regulated substance response fund for the purpose of providing funds for the clean up of regulated substance discharges. Funds from the following sources shall be deposited into the response fund:

(1)    Direct appropriations to the response fund from the general fund;

(2)    Money, other than criminal fines assessed in criminal actions, recovered by the state in any action or administrative proceeding based upon violation of the state's environmental statutes or upon damage to the environment, including actions for administrative expense recoveries, civil penalties, compensatory damages, and money paid pursuant to any agreement, stipulation, or settlement in such actions or proceedings;

(3)    Interest attributable to investment of the money in the response fund;

(4)    Money received by the department in the form of gifts, grants, reimbursements, or appropriations from any source intended to be used for the purposes of the response fund.

All money in the response fund is continuously appropriated for the purposes specified in § 34A-12-4. All money received by the department for the response fund shall be set forth in an informational budget pursuant to § 4-7-7.2 and be annually reviewed by the Legislature.

Source: SL 1988, ch 291, § 4; SL 2021, ch 163, § 6.