- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 46. Water, Air, Energy, and Environmental Conservation
- Chapter 3. Environmental Conservation
- Section 32. Alaska Clean Water Fund.
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. Alaska Clean Water Administrative Fund.
AS 46.03.032. Alaska Clean Water Fund.
- (a) There is established as a separate fund the Alaska clean water fund, which is distinct from any other money or fund in
the treasury, and which consists of money appropriated by the legislature to meet federal matching requirements,
federal capitalization grants, loan repayments, interest received from loan repayments, interest received from
investment of money in the Alaska clean water fund, and the proceeds and accrued interest received from the sale of
revenue bonds issued under AS 37.15.560
- 37.15.605 and secured by the Alaska clean water
fund. Separate accounts may be created in the Alaska clean water fund. The accounts may be combined for purposes of
- (b) The provisions of this section shall be liberally construed in order to carry out the purposes for which they were
enacted. The department shall administer the Alaska clean water fund consistent with the requirements of this section
and AS 37.15.560
- (c) The department may accept and make use of all capitalization grants provided by the federal government under 33 U.S.C.
1251 -1387 (the federal Clean Water Act), as amended.
- (d) Except as otherwise limited by federal law, the Alaska clean water fund may be used
- (1) for the following categories of projects:
- (A) planning, designing, building, constructing, and rehabilitating a public wastewater collection, treatment, or
- (B) implementing a management program for controlling water pollution from nonpoint sources under 33 U.S.C. 1329,
including planning, designing, building, constructing, and rehabilitating a solid waste management system; and
- (C) developing and implementing an estuary conservation and management program under 33 U.S.C. 1330;
- (2) to provide the following types of financial assistance for the categories of projects listed in (1) of this
- (A) making loans to municipalities and other qualified entities;
- (B) buying or refinancing the debt obligations of a municipality or other qualified entity;
- (C) providing collateral security for or purchasing insurance for a municipal, state agency, or other qualified entity
debt obligation; and
- (3) to pay and secure the payment of the principal of and interest on revenue bonds issued by the state and to pay the
costs of issuance and administration of the bonds, so long as the proceeds of the bond sale are deposited in the Alaska
clean water fund.
- (e) Repayment of loans shall be secured in a manner that the department determines is feasible to assure prompt repayment
under a loan agreement entered into with the borrower.
- (f) The department
- (1) may spend money from the Alaska clean water fund to pay the costs of
- (A) administering the fund; and
- (B) the department in conducting activities under this section and AS 37.15.560
- 37.15.605, including the costs of issuance and
administration as defined in AS 37.15.605
- (2) shall spend money from the Alaska clean water fund to pay
- (A) into the bond redemption fund (AS 37.15.565
), and into any other bond redemption fund or account created by a relevant bond resolution, the amount certified by
the state bond committee under AS 37.15.585
- (B) the costs of the state bond committee in conducting activities under this section and AS 37.15.560
- 37.15.605, including the costs of issuance and
administration as defined in AS 37.15.605
- (g) A municipality or other qualified entity wishing to borrow money from the Alaska clean water fund shall demonstrate to
the satisfaction of the department that it
- (1) has sufficient legal authority to incur the debt for which it is applying; and
- (2) will establish and maintain a dedicated source of revenue or other acceptable revenue source for repayment of the loan
and sufficient reserves for the loan as may be necessary.
- (h) Allocation of Alaska clean water fund loans shall be made in accordance with the priority list developed by the
department, using criteria specified in regulations adopted by the department.
- (i) Before making a loan from the Alaska clean water fund, the department shall, by regulation, specify
- (1) standards for the eligibility of borrowers and the type of projects to be financed with loans;
- (2) loan term and interest rate policies for loans made from the fund;
- (3) standards regarding the technical and economic viability and revenue self-sufficiency of eligible projects;
- (4) collateral or other security required for loans;
- (5) terms of loans; and
- (6) other relevant criteria, standards, or procedures.
- (j) Except as necessary to comply with the covenants of a bond resolution under AS 37.15.573
, a loan made by the department shall be made according to the standards, criteria, and procedures established by
regulations under this section. A loan made from the Alaska clean water fund may be subject to the state aid intercept
provisions of AS 37.15.575. Except as necessary to
comply with the covenants of a bond resolution under AS 37.15.573
, in making a loan from the Alaska clean water fund for a solid waste management system, the department shall give
priority to a project that will alleviate severe health or environmental concerns in the community or region proposing
the system. In addition, the department may consider
- (1) the extent of local or regional support for the proposed system; and
- (2) the extent to which the applicant can demonstrate that the full range of solid waste management options has been
reasonably considered and that the proposed system is consistent with the promotion of the solid and hazardous waste
management practices established in AS 46.06.021.
- (k) The department shall prepare reports required by the federal government in conjunction with federal capitalization
grant award conditions. The department shall also prepare reports and notices, including notices of default, required
by the state bond committee in conjunction with bonds issued under AS 37.15.560
- 37.15.605. The department shall also prepare a
biennial report on the Alaska clean water fund and notify the legislature that it is available on or before the first
day of each first regular session of the legislature.
- (l) Loan repayments and interest earned by loans from the Alaska clean water fund shall be deposited in the Alaska clean
- (m) Annual principal payments shall commence within one year after project completion.
- (n) [Repealed, Sec. 14 ch 106 SLA 1994].
- (o) Regulations adopted by the department under this section that would affect issuance or repayment of revenue bonds
under AS 37.15.560
- 37.15.605 may not be inconsistent with those
statutes or with regulations adopted by the state bond committee under those statutes. To the extent that regulations
adopted by the department are inconsistent with AS 37.15.560
- 37.15.605, with regulations adopted by the state
bond committee under those statutes, or with the covenants of a bond resolution adopted under AS 37.15.573
, the provisions of AS 37.15.560 - 37.15.605, the regulations adopted under those statutes,
and the covenants of the bond resolution govern.
- (p) In this section,
- (1) "other qualified entity" means
- (A) an intermunicipal or interstate agency as those terms are used in 33 U.S.C. 1383, and may include an authority,
corporation, instrumentality, enterprise, or other entity formed through an agreement between a municipality and one or
more other governmental entities under AS 29.35.010
(13) or under art. X, sec. 13, Constitution of the State of Alaska, or between a municipality and a regional housing
authority under AS 18.55.996
- (B) an organization that is eligible for assistance under 33 U.S.C. 1383, that is not exempted from regulation under AS 42.05.711
(d), that provides wastewater service under a certificate of convenience and necessity from the former Alaska Public
Utilities Commission or the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and that is economically regulated by the Regulatory
Commission of Alaska;
- (2) "solid waste management system" includes capital improvements and equipment used for the purpose of solid and
hazardous waste source reduction, recycling, treatment, or disposal.
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