AB 274, as amended, Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. Oversight costs: uncollectible accounts.
Existing law requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to comply with specified procedures when recovering oversight costs for corrective action taken pursuant to the hazardous waste control laws or for
begin delete removal or remedialend delete actions taken pursuant to the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substances Account Act. The department is required to take specified actions with regard to uncollectible accounts, including reviewing all current outstanding receivables and making an appropriate adjustment for estimated uncollectible amounts. The department is authorized, if warranted, to write off or write down those receivable amounts.
bill would define the term “uncollectible account”
begin delete and, in addition to the authority specified above,end delete would authorize the department not to pursue an uncollectible account and to write off that uncollectible begin delete account.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 25269.9 is added to the Health and Safety
2Code, to read:
(a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the
5(1) The department should prioritize its cost recovery efforts to
6make the most efficient use of its resources available for that
8(2) It is not cost effective or practicable to seek recovery of an
9uncollectible account, as defined in subdivision (b).
10(b) For purposes of this section, “uncollectible account” means
begin delete an oversight cost that meetsend delete all of the following conditions:
begin delete oversight cost wasend delete incurred by the department on or after July
161, 1987, but not later than December 31, 2013, while overseeing
begin delete a cleanup action pursuant to the authority specified in subdivision
18(a) of Section 25269.2.end delete
begin delete amount of the uncollected cost isend delete not more than five
23thousand dollars ($5,000).
24(3) The department will not incur further
begin delete oversight costs with
25regard to that cleanup action.end delete
28(4) The department’s estimated cost to pursue the oversight
29costs exceeds the value of the oversight costs.
begin deleteIn addition to the authority specified in Section 25269.8, the end delete
31department is not required to pursue an uncollectible account
32and may write off that uncollectible
begin delete account.end delete
34(d) The requirements of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section
3513940) of Part 4 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code
P3 1shall not apply to any action taken by the department pursuant to