California Government Code

Sec. § 8670.53.1


(a)

Following an oil spill, the administrator, in consultation with the Treasurer, shall notify the Governor if the administrator determines that it is likely that there will not be sufficient moneys in the fund, including both projected revenues to the fund and the financial security obtained pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 8670.48, to pay, in a timely manner, the expected costs permitted under this chapter.

(b)

Following an oil spill, if the Treasurer has obtained financial security pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 8670.48 in the form of a loan from the Pooled Money Investment Account, the Treasurer shall notify the Governor if the draws on the financial security will likely create a cashflow problem for the Pooled Money Investment Account that would require the loan to be repaid and replaced by borrowing from another source.

(c)

Upon notification pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b), the Governor shall request that the federal government pay the cost for response, containment, cleanup, wildlife rehabilitation, and payment of damages. If sufficient federal funds are not available within five days, the Governor shall make a written request to the Treasurer to borrow and deposit in the fund the amount necessary, as determined by the administrator, to pay those estimated excess response costs, including costs specified in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4), (6), and (8) of subdivision (k) of Section 8670.48, and, if necessary, to repay any draws upon the financial security obtained by the Treasurer pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 8670.48.

(d)

The Governor, the Controller, the Treasurer, and the administrator shall immediately take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to ensure that the state has the ability to borrow the maximum additional amount necessary to carry out this chapter.

(e)

The party responsible for the spill shall be liable to the state for all money borrowed by the Treasurer under this chapter, including draws on the financial security obtained pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 8670.48, for the purpose of responding to the oil spill, including principal, interest, and premium, if any, and all associated fees, costs, and other charges incurred by the state in connection with that borrowing, whether or not all or a portion of the borrowed money has been repaid through the oil spill response fee or by federal funds.

(f)

No funds available pursuant to this article may be expended for any activities which result in a net environmental enhancement. It is the intent of the Legislature that borrowed funds be expended solely for oil spill response, containment, cleanup, wildlife rehabilitation, and damages resulting from oil spills.
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