6.24.010    Hazardous materials


A.    The Fire Department is authorized to contain, clean up or abate the effects of any hazardous material deposited upon or into property or facilities of the City; and any person or persons who intentionally or negligently caused the deposit shall be liable for payment of all costs incurred by the Fire Department or any other City department or employee as a result of the containment or abatement activity. The remedy provided by this section shall be in addition to any other remedies provided by law.

B.    For purposes of this section, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS means any substances or materials in a quantity or form which, in the determination of the Fire Chief, the Director of Emergency Services, or their authorized representatives, poses an unreasonable and imminent risk to the life, health, or safety of persons or property or to the ecological balance of the environment, and shall include, but not be limited to, substances such as explosives, radioactive materials, petroleum or petroleum products or gases, poisons, etiological (biologic) agents, flammables, and corrosives.

C.    For purposes of this section, costs incurred by the City shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, the following:

1.    Actual labor costs of City personnel, including worker’s compensation benefits, fringe benefits, administrative overhead;

2.    Cost of equipment operation, cost of materials obtained directly by the City;

3.    Cost of any contract labor and materials; and

4.    Reasonable administrative costs.

(Ord. 658, § 1, passed -- 1986)