Section 2. (A) A fee is hereby imposed on the use of a dispensing facility at the site of delivery of petroleum product. Each owner or operator of a bulk facility on delivery of petroleum product to a dispensing facility shall collect from the person who orders or requests the delivery a fee in an amount of fifty dollars for each delivery. The person delivering the petroleum product shall be responsible to the department for the collection of such fee and in the event it is unable to recover such fee from the person who ordered such petroleum product, such person delivering petroleum product shall nonetheless remit to the department the fee associated with such delivery. In the event of split-load or partial deliveries to dispensing facilities from the same tanker truck, this fee may be prorated among the dispensing facilities receiving such deliveries.
A fee is hereby imposed on the use or maintenance of an underground storage tank used to store petroleum product or any fraction thereof, except waste oil, at a dispensing facility. Each owner of an underground storage tank used to store petroleum products or any fraction thereof, except waste oil, at a dispensing facility shall annually pay to the department, as the holder of the list of registered underground storage tanks storing petroleum and other materials, a fee of $250 per tank. For the purposes hereof, each tank in an underground storage tank system shall be considered a separate underground storage tank. The department by regulation shall establish procedures for the collection of such delivery fee and such annual fee based on bills prepared and mailed by the department simultaneously to all owners and operators obligated to pay such fee.
(B) The board shall semi-annually review the adequacy of the aforementioned fees and shall by regulation adjust said fees to meet the financial needs of the fund. Within five days of approving any adjustment to a fee the board shall file said adjustment with the clerk of the house of representatives and the senate while the general court is in session, and said adjustment shall take effect within thirty days of such filing unless the general court has passed a resolve disapproving such a fee adjustment. Any such adjustments to be made for a reporting period shall be published in the Massachusetts register.
(C) In accordance with regulations to be promulgated hereunder, the fees shall be collected, reported and paid to the department as a separate line item entry, from time to time, by owners and operators charged with the collection, reporting and payment of gasoline and special fuels taxes pursuant to the provisions of chapter sixty-four A, sixty-four E, and sixty-four F, and such persons may be subject to audit by the department. The department shall deposit all receipts into the distinct interest bearing account established pursuant to the provisions of section two S of chapter twenty-nine. The department shall submit a monthly report to the board listing revenues generated by the delivery fees and the annual storage tank fees for the previous month and outlays from the fund, including reimbursements, agency appropriations and third party claims issued during the previous month.
(D) The fee imposed under this section may not be collected or required to be paid on or after the first day of the second month following the date on which the unobligated balance in the fund equals or exceeds thirty million dollars. The treasurer shall notify the department and the board in writing of the date on which the unobligated balance equals or exceeds thirty million dollars.
If the unobligated balance in the fund falls below ten million dollars, the fee shall be reinstated effective on the first day of the second month following the publication of notice of reinstatement. The treasurer shall notify the department and the board in writing of the date on which the unobligated balance in the fund falls below ten million dollars. Once reinstated, the fee shall be charged until the unobligated balance in the fund equals or exceeds thirty million dollars.
(E) The fees established in this section shall not apply to a delivery of a petroleum product to distributors of petroleum products destined for export from this state that is delivered by a bulk facility owner or operator to a common or contract carrier or an oceangoing vessel including a ship, barge, or tanker, if the petroleum product is in continuous movement to a destination outside this state, or sales or deliveries to the United States Government, or sales or deliveries to the commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions.