§22-19-1. Findings; purpose.
The Legislature recognizes that large quantities of hazardous
waste are generated within the state, and that emergency situations
involving hazardous waste can and will arise which may present a
hazard to human health, safety, or the environment. The
Legislature also recognizes that some hazardous waste has been
stored, treated or disposed of at sites in the state in a manner
insufficient to protect human health, safety or the environment.
The Legislature further recognizes that the federal government has
enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and
Liability Act of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and
Reauthorization Act of 1986, which provides for federal assistance
to respond to hazardous substance emergencies and to remove and
remedy the threat of damage to the public health or welfare or to
the environment, and declares that West Virginia desires to produce
revenue for matching the federal assistance provided under the
federal acts. Therefore, the Legislature hereby creates a
hazardous waste emergency fund to provide state funds for
responding to hazardous waste emergencies, responding to releases
of hazardous substances into the environment, matching federal
financial assistance for restoring hazardous waste sites and other
costs or expenses incurred in the administration of this article.