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55-1,122. Same; representatives of secretary; right of ingress and egress. (a) In performing investigations or administrative functions relating to surface and subsurface water pollution, soil pollution and public health or safety, the secretary or the secretary's duly authorized representatives may enter any property or facility which is subject to the provisions of K.S.A. 55-1,117 or 55-1,120, and amendments thereto, for the purpose of observing, monitoring, collecting samples, examining records and facilities to determine compliance or noncompliance with state laws and rules and regulations relating to water pollution, soil pollution or public health or safety.

(b) The representatives of the secretary shall have the right of ingress and egress upon any lands to cleanup pollution, over which the secretary has jurisdiction pursuant to K.S.A. 55-1,117 through 55-1,119, and amendments thereto, or to plug any well as authorized by K.S.A. 55-1,120, and amendments thereto. Such representatives shall have the power to occupy such land if necessary to investigate and cleanup such pollution or to investigate and plug such well. Any representative entering upon any land to conduct such clean-up or well-plugging shall not be liable for any damages necessarily resulting therefrom, except damages to growing crops, livestock or improvements on the land. Upon completion of activities on such land, such representative shall restore the premises to the original contour and condition as nearly as practicable.

History: L. 2001, ch. 191, ยง 14; July 1.

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