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(a) Notwithstanding any other requirements of law, as soon as any person responsible for a facility or operation, or responsible for emergency response for a facility or operation has information of any known or suspected release of materials which are resulting or may result in illegal discharges or pollutants discharging into storm water, the storm drain system, or public waters, said person shall take all necessary steps to insure the discovery, containment and cleanup of such release. In the event of such a release of hazardous materials, said person shall immediately notify emergency response agencies of the occurrence, the emergency dispatch services. In the event of the release of non-hazardous materials, said person shall notify the City in person or by phone or facsimile no later than the next business day. Notifications by person or by phone shall be confirmed by written notice addressed and mailed to the City within three business days of the phone notice. If the discharge of prohibited materials emanates from a commercial or industrial establishment, the owner or operator of such an establishment shall also retain an on-site written record of the discharge and the actions taken to prevent its reoccurrence. Such records shall be retained for at least three years.
(b) Notwithstanding any provision in this Code of Ordinances, littering which results in the release of pollutants contaminating storm water is defined as a "spill" under this chapter and the offending parties will be held accountable for a violation of this chapter.
(Ord. 03-08. Passed 3-18-08.)