(b) The director of health is hereby authorized to remedy or to contract to remedy any condition he deems a threat to public health and safety arising from a violation of the Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact, this article or the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the Compact or this article and to proceed pursuant to subsection (c) of this section to recover judgment for the costs thereof.
(c) Pursuant to section (d), Article 4 of the Appalachian States Low-level Radioactive Waste Compact, the director of health and the attorney general are hereby authorized to prosecute actions for judgments pursuant to subsection (b) of this section. The director of health and the attorney general are further authorized to institute actions to assess punitive fines or penalties pursuant to section (d), Article 4 of the Compact for violations of the Compact, this article or rules or regulations promulgated pursuant to the Compact or this article. Such actions may be brought at the option of the state in the circuit court of any county in which a violation occurred or may be brought as a contested case pursuant to chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. In any action brought under the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, the director of health or the attorney general shall have the power to issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum on behalf of the state or any interested party. The punitive fines and penalties may not exceed the fines provided in section eight of this article and may only be sought in lieu thereof.