KANSAS OIL & GAS CODE
Chapter 55 - Oil And Gas
Article 4 Petroleum Products Inspection
§ 55-443 Penalties; appeal procedure
(a) It is a violation for any person to:
(1) Act as or represent such person's self to be a technical representative without having a valid license issued by the Kansas department of agriculture;
(2) hinder or obstruct in any way the secretary or any of the secretary's authorized agents in the performance of the secretary's official duties under the petroleum products inspection law;
(3) failure to follow the applicable version of NIST Handbook as referenced in chapter 83 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, or any rules and regulations adopted thereunder when installing, repairing, calibrating or testing a device;
(4) failure to complete the testing or placing-in-service report in its entirety and to report the accurate description of the parts replaced, adjusted, reconditioned or work performed;
(5) filing a false or fraudulent application or report to the secretary;
(6) failure to pay all fees and penalties as prescribed by the petroleum products inspection law and the rules and regulations adopted and promulgated pursuant to the petroleum products inspection law;
(7) refuse to keep and make available for examination by the Kansas department of agriculture all books, papers, and other information necessary for the enforcement of the petroleum products inspection law or chapter 83 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto;
(8) failure to have any commercial dispensing device tested as required by the petroleum products inspection law or chapter 83 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto;
(9) sell, offer or expose for sale any petroleum product which does not comply with the provisions of the petroleum products inspection law;
(10) sell, use, remove, otherwise dispose of or fail to remove from the premises specified, any dispensing device, package or commodity contrary to the terms of any order issued by the secretary;
(11) represent that diesel fuel is or contains biodiesel fuel blend or otherwise to represent that diesel fuel is made from renewable resources, unless not less than 2% of the diesel fuel mixture is mono-alkyl esters derived from vegetable oil, recycled cooking oil or animal fat. Biodiesel fuel used in biodiesel fuel blends shall conform with specification D6751-02, issued March 2002, by the American society of testing and materials or a later version as adopted by rules and regulations of the secretary. If a retail petroleum marketer is alleged to have violated the provisions of this subsection, it shall be a defense, that the retail petroleum marketer relied in good faith upon the bill of lading; and
(12) violate any order issued by the secretary pursuant to chapter 83 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto.
(b) Any person who violates any provision of the petroleum products inspection law or any applicable provisions of chapter 83 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, or amendments thereto, or any rules and regulations adopted thereunder, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, may incur a civil penalty imposed under subsection (c) in an amount, fixed by rules and regulations of the secretary, of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 for each such violation and, in the case of a continuing violation, every day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate violation.
(c) In determining the amount of the civil penalty, the following shall be taken into consideration: (1) The extent of harm caused by the violation; (2) the nature and persistence of the violation; (3) the length of time over which the violation occurs; (4) any corrective actions taken; and (5) any and all relevant circumstances.
(d) All civil penalties assessed shall be due and payable within 10 days after written notice of assessment is served on the person, unless a longer period of time is granted by the secretary. If a civil penalty is not paid within the applicable time period, the secretary may file a certified copy of the notice of assessment with the clerk of the district court in the county where the weighing and measuring device or dispensing device is located. The notice of assessment shall be enforced in the same manner as a judgment of the district court.
(e) No civil penalty shall be imposed pursuant to this section except upon the written order of the duly authorized agent of the secretary to the person who committed the violation or to the person whose agent or employee committed the violation. Such order shall state the violation, the penalty to be imposed and the right of the person to appeal to the secretary. Any such person, within 20 days after notification, may make written request to the secretary for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the Kansas administrative procedure act. The secretary shall affirm, reverse or modify the order and shall specify the reasons therefor.
(f) Any person aggrieved by an order of the secretary made under this section may appeal such order to the district court in the manner provided by the act for judicial review and civil enforcement of agency actions.
(g) An appeal to the district court or to an appellate court shall not stay the payment of the civil penalty.
(h) Any civil penalty recovered pursuant to the provisions of this section or any penalty recovered under the consumer protection act for violations of this section, and amendments thereto, or any rules and regulations adopted thereunder, shall be remitted to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the weights and measures fee fund.
(i) This section shall be part of and supplemental to the petroleum products inspection act, article 4 of chapter 55 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto.
History: L. 1993, ch. 58, § 11; L. 1996, ch. 105, § 15; L. 2001, ch. 5, § 195; L. 2003, ch. 68, § 1; L. 2004, ch. 101, § 167; July 1.