(1) The agency will provide, as resources permit, technical assistance to the owners and operators of active or abandoned heating oil tanks if contamination resulting from a release from an active or abandoned heating oil tank is suspected. Technical assistance regarding administrative requirements may include observation of testing, site assessment, as well as review of the results of reports and other appropriate review activities approved by the director.
(2) Such technical assistance will be provided only upon request by the owner of a heating oil tank. If the operator of a heating oil tank is not the owner, the operator must provide the agency with specific written authorization of the owner before technical assistance is provided, or before a site is visited by a representative of the agency.
(3) To receive technical assistance under this program, the owner or operator of an active or abandoned heating oil tank must submit an application, provided by the agency, requesting advice and assistance, and agreeing to the terms of the program.
(4) Upon receipt of a request for technical assistance, the agency will provide the tank owner or operator:
(a) Information regarding procedures for the program;
(b) An application requesting technical assistance;
(c) An agreement between the tank owner and the agency regarding the procedures and reimbursement requirements of the program.
(5) Technical assistance provided under the program may include:
(a) Observation of sampling and testing, site assessment or other appropriate assessments scheduled by the tank owner;
(b) Interpretation of the results of testing and/or assessment(s);
(c) A report from PLIA to the heating oil tank owner of the results of testing and/or assessment(s); and
(d) Other appropriate activities approved by the director.
(6) The heating oil tank owner or operator will select a service provider to perform sampling and testing, site assessment or other appropriate assessments. The tank owner or operator will enter into an agreement with the service provider regarding scope or extent of work and fees for services.
(7) Technical assistance will be provided only if sampling and testing as well as site assessment are performed in accordance with sampling, testing and assessment protocol approved by the director.
(8) The original copy of the results of all testing and site assessment activities must be forwarded to the agency for review and evaluation.
(9) Upon completion of review and evaluation, the agency will, in writing, inform the heating oil tank owner of the results of review and assessment of data. The agency report will note whether it appears there is or is not contamination present at the site. If contamination is discovered, the report will note whether or not the contamination appears to be a threat to human health and the environment. If the contamination does appear to be a threat to human health and the environment, the heating oil tank owner will be advised of the requirement for corrective action. The determination as to whether or not the contamination appears to be a threat to human health and the environment will be made in accordance with the terms and requirements of the Model Toxics Control Act (chapter 70.105D
RCW) and its regulations (chapter 173-340
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.148 RCW. 03-06-015, § 374-80-040, filed 2/21/03, effective 3/24/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.149 RCW. 97-20-094, § 374-80-040, filed 9/29/97, effective 10/30/97.]