California Government Code

Sec. § 8670.66


Any person who intentionally or negligently does any of the following acts shall be subject to a civil penalty for a spill of not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or more than one million dollars ($1,000,000), for each violation, and each day or partial day that a violation occurs is a separate violation:


Except as provided in Section 8670.27, fails to follow the direction or orders of the administrator in connection with a spill or inland spill.


Fails to notify the Coast Guard that a vessel is disabled within one hour of the disability and the vessel, while disabled, causes a spill that enters waters of the state. For purposes of this paragraph, “vessel” means a vessel, as defined in Section 21 of the Harbors and Navigation Code, of 300 gross tons or more.


Is responsible for a spill, unless the discharge is authorized by the United States, the state, or other agency with appropriate jurisdiction.


Fails to begin cleanup, abatement, or removal of oil as required in Section 8670.25.


Except as provided in subdivision (a), any person who intentionally or negligently violates any provision of this chapter, or Division 7.8 (commencing with Section 8750) of the Public Resources Code, or any permit, rule, regulation, standard, or requirement issued or adopted pursuant to those provisions, shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for each violation of a separate provision, or, for continuing violations, for each day that violation continues.


A person shall not be liable for a civil penalty imposed under this section and for a civil penalty imposed pursuant to Section 8670.67 for the same act or failure to act.

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