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WVC 22 - 30 - 17 §22-30-17. Civil and criminal penalties.

     (a) Any person who fails to comply with an order of the secretary issued under subsection (a), section sixteen of this article within the time specified in the order is liable for a civil penalty of not more than $25,000 for each day of continued noncompliance.

     (b) Any owner or operator of an aboveground storage tank who knowingly fails to register or obtain a certificate to operate a regulated aboveground storage tank or submits false information pursuant to this article is liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 for each aboveground storage tank that is not registered or for which a certificate to operate a regulated aboveground storage tank is not obtained or for which false information is submitted.

     (c) Any owner or operator of an aboveground storage tank who fails to comply with any requirement of this article or any standard promulgated by the secretary pursuant to this article is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 for each day of violation.

     (d) Any person who knowingly and intentionally violates any provision of this article, or any rule or order issued under or subject to the provisions of this article, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a regional jail for a period of time not exceeding one year, and be fined an amount not to exceed $25,000.

     (e) Any person convicted of a second or subsequent willful violation as set forth in subsection (d) of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, may be imprisoned in a correctional facility not less than one nor more than three years, or fined not more than $50,000 for each day of violation, or both fined and imprisoned.

     (f) Any person may be prosecuted and convicted under the provisions of this section notwithstanding that none of the administrative remedies provided in this article have been pursued or invoked against said person and notwithstanding that civil action for the imposition and collection of a civil penalty or an application for an injunction under the provisions of this article has not been filed against such person.

     (g) Where a person holding a permit is carrying out a program of pollution abatement or remedial action in compliance with the conditions and terms of a corrective action plan approved by the secretary, the person is not subject to criminal prosecution for pollution recognized and authorized by the approved corrective action plan.

     (h) Civil penalties are payable to the secretary. All moneys collected under this section for civil fines collected under this article shall be deposited into either the AST Administrative Fund or the Protect Our Water Fund. All money deposited into these accounts shall be used by the secretary solely for the purposes described in sections twelve and thirteen of this article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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