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65-34,147. Same; criteria for expenditures. It is the intent of the legislature that, to the maximum extent possible, moneys in the fund be utilized to address contamination resulting from releases of drycleaning solvents. The department is directed to administer the Kansas drycleaner environmental response act under the following criteria:

(a) To the maximum extent possible, the department itself should deal with contamination from drycleaning facilities utilizing moneys in the fund. The department should discourage other units of government, both federal and local, including the United States environmental protection agency, from becoming involved in contamination problems resulting from releases from drycleaning facilities.

(b) The department should make every reasonable effort to keep sites where drycleaning solvents are involved off of the national priorities list, as defined in 40 C.F.R. 300.5.

(c) The department should not seek out contaminated drycleaning facility sites because of the existence of the fund or the other provisions of this act. The moneys are made available for use as sites are discovered in the normal course of the business of the agency.

(d) Careful consideration should be given to interim or early corrective action which may result in an overall reduction of risk to human health and the environment and in the reduction of total costs of corrective action at a site. Such interim or early corrective action should receive consideration by the department as a high priority.

(e) The department, in its discretion, may use innovative technology to perform corrective action.

History: L. 1995, ch. 162, ยง 4; July 1.

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