(a) The director or any authorized representative, employee or agent of the division, upon the presentation of proper credentials and at reasonable times, may enter any building, property, premises, place, vehicle or permitted facility where hazardous wastes are or have been generated, treated, stored, transported or disposed of for the purpose of making an investigation with reasonable promptness to ascertain the compliance by any person with the provisions of this article or the rules promulgated by the director or permits issued by the director hereunder. Nothing contained in this section eliminates any obligation to follow any process that may be required by law.
(b) The director or his or her authorized representative, employee or agent shall make periodic inspections at every permitted facility as necessary to effectively implement and enforce the requirements of this article or the rules promulgated by the director or permits issued by the director hereunder. After an inspection is made, a report shall be prepared and filed with the director and a copy of such inspection report shall be promptly furnished to the person in charge of such building, property, premises, place, vehicle or facility. Such inspection reports shall be available to the public in accordance with the provisions of article one, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.
(c) Whenever the director has cause to believe that any person is in violation of any provision of this article, any condition of a permit issued by the director, any order or any rule promulgated by the director under this article, he or she shall immediately order an inspection of the building, property, premises, place, vehicle or permitted facility at which the alleged violation is occurring.
(d) The director or any authorized representative, employee or agent of the division may, upon presentation of proper credentials and at reasonable times, enter any establishment, building, property, premises, vehicle or other place maintained by any person where hazardous wastes are being or have been generated, transported, stored, treated or disposed of to inspect and take samples of wastes, soils, air, surface water and groundwater and samples of any containers or labelings for such wastes. In taking such samples, the division may utilize such sampling methods as it determines to be necessary, including, but not limited to, soil borings and monitoring wells. If the representative, employee or agent obtains any such samples, prior to leaving the premises, he or she shall give to the owner, operator or agent in charge a receipt describing the sample obtained and, if requested, a portion of each such sample equal in volume or weight to the portion retained. The division shall promptly provide a copy of any analysis made to the owner, operator or agent in charge.
(e) Upon presentation of proper credentials and at reasonable times, the director or any authorized representative, employee or agent of the division shall be given access to all records relating to the generation, transportation, storage, treatment or disposal of hazardous wastes in the possession of any person who generates, stores, treats, transports, disposes of, or otherwise handles or has handled such waste, the director or an authorized representative, employee or agent shall be furnished with copies of all such records or given the records for the purpose of making copies. If the director, upon inspection, investigation or through other means, observes or learns of a violation or probable violation of this article, he or she is authorized to issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum and to order the attendance and testimony of witnesses and to compel the production of any books, papers, documents, manifests and other physical evidence pertinent to such investigation or inspection.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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