A. The director may assess a civil penalty against a person that violates this chapter or a rule adopted pursuant to this chapter in an amount not to exceed five thousand dollars for each violation.  Each day a violation occurs constitutes a separate violation.  The maximum amount of any assessment is twenty-five thousand dollars for any thirty-day period. 

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 30-687

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Department: means the department of health services. See Arizona Laws 30-651
  • Director: means the director of the department. See Arizona Laws 30-651
  • Person: means any individual, corporation, partnership, firm, association, trust, estate, public or private institution, group, agency or political subdivision of this state, or any other state or political subdivision or agency of such state, and any legal successor, representative, agent, or agency of the foregoing, other than the United States nuclear regulatory commission or any successor, and other than federal government agencies and any other entities licensed by the United States nuclear regulatory commission or any successor. See Arizona Laws 30-651

B. The director may issue a notice of assessment that includes the proposed amount of the assessment. In determining the amount of a civil penalty assessed against a person under subsection A of this section, the department shall consider all of the following:

1. Repeated violations of statutes and rules.

2. Patterns of noncompliance.

3. Types of violations.

4. The severity of the violations.

5. The potential for and occurrences of actual harm.

6. Threats to health and safety.

7. The number of persons affected by the violations.

8. The number of violations.

9. The length of time the violations have been occurring.

C. A person may appeal the assessment by requesting a hearing pursuant to title 41, chapter 6, article 10.  If the assessment is appealed, the director may not take further action to enforce and collect the assessment until after the hearing. 

D. Actions to enforce the collection of civil penalties assessed pursuant to subsection A of this section shall be brought by the attorney general or the county attorney in the name of the state in the justice court or the superior court in the county in which the violation occurred. 

E. The department shall deposit, pursuant to sections 35-146 and 35-147, civil penalties collected pursuant to this section in the state general fund.