(a) Each public water system that requests an exemption, plan review, variance, or waiver of any applicable requirement of this chapter or any regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter, shall reimburse the state board for actual costs incurred by the state board in processing the request.
(b) The state board shall submit an invoice to the water system prior to October 1 of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the state board’s decision was rendered with respect to the request for a plan review, exemption, variance, or waiver. The invoice shall indicate the number of hours expended by the state board and the state board’s hourly cost rate. Payment of the fee shall
be made within 120 days of the date of the invoice. The state board may revoke any approval of a request for an exemption, variance, or waiver for failure to pay the required fees.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (b), requests for, and reimbursement of actual costs for, an exemption, variance, or waiver for public water systems under the jurisdiction of the local primacy agency shall, instead, be submitted to the local primacy agency pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 116595.
(d) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2016, and, as of January 1, 2017, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.