Section 6-5-332.1

Published: 2015

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Section 6-5-332.1

Section 6-5-332.1Immunity of persons assisting or advising as to mitigation of effects of discharge of hazardous materials; nonimmunity of certain persons.

(a) As used in this section, the following words and terms shall have meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:

(1) DISCHARGE. Includes leakage, seepage, or other release.

(2) HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Includes all materials and substances which are now or hereafter designated or defined as hazardous by any state or federal law or by the regulations of any state or federal government agency.

(3) PERSON. Includes any qualified individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity. A qualified individual is one who is trained in the handling of hazardous materials.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no person who provides assistance or advice in mitigating or attempting to mitigate the effects of an actual or threatened discharge of hazardous materials, or in preventing, cleaning up, or disposing of, or in attempting to prevent, clean up or dispose of any such discharge, shall be subject to civil liabilities or penalties of any type.

(c) The immunities provided in subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to any person:

(1) Whose act or omission proximately caused, in whole or in part, the original actual or threatening discharge, or

(2) Who receives compensation other than reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses for its services in rendering such assistance or advice.

(d) Nothing in subsection (b) of this section shall be construed to limit or otherwise affect the liability of any person for damages resulting from such person's gross negligence, or from such person's reckless, wanton, or intentional misconduct.

(e) The provisions of this section shall be construed in pari materia with all laws or parts of laws providing protection from civil liability, or granting immunity, for persons performing other acts of public assistance or rescue.

(Acts 1986, No. 86-539, p. 1050.)