2010 Maryland Code
COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS
TITLE 5 - LIMITATIONS, PROHIBITED ACTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES
Subtitle 6 - Immunities and Prohibited Actions - Health and Public Safety
Section 5-617 - Persons assisting in controlling discharge of hazardous substance.

§ 5-617. Persons assisting in controlling discharge of hazardous substance.
 

(a)  "Discharge" defined.- In this section, "discharge" includes leakage, seepage, or other release of a hazardous substance or material. 

(b)  Immunity generally.- Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d) of this section, a person who is called on for assistance in an emergency is not subject to any civil liability or penalty as a result of assistance or advice rendered in: 

(1) Mitigating the effects of an actual or threatened discharge of a hazardous substance or material; 

(2) Preventing a discharge of a hazardous substance or material; 

(3) Cleaning up a discharge of a hazardous substance or material; or 

(4) Attempting any of the acts in this subsection. 

(c)  Exceptions.- The immunity provided in subsection (b) of this section does not apply to a person: 

(1) Whose act or omission was the original cause of an actual or threatened discharge in whole or in part, and who would otherwise be liable for the act or omission; or 

(2) Who received compensation other than reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses for rendering the assistance or advice. 

(d)  Gross negligence, etc.- Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, a person is liable for damages caused by that person's gross negligence or reckless, wanton, or intentional misconduct. 
 

[1990, ch. 546, § 3; 1997, ch. 14, § 9; 2002, ch. 19, § 10.] 
 

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