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18J.10 CIVIL PENALTIES.

Subdivision 1.General penalty.

Except as provided in subdivision 2, a person who violates this chapter or an order, standard, stipulation, agreement, or schedule of compliance of the commissioner is subject to a civil penalty of up to $7,500 per day of violation as determined by the court.

Subd. 2.Defense to civil remedies and damages.

As a defense to a civil penalty or claim for damages under subdivision 1, the defendant may prove that the violation was caused solely by an act of God, an act of war, or an act or failure to act that constitutes sabotage or vandalism, or any combination of these defenses.

Subd. 3.Actions to compel performance.

In an action to compel performance of an order of the commissioner to enforce a provision of this chapter, the court may require a defendant adjudged responsible to perform the acts within the person's power that are reasonably necessary to accomplish the purposes of the order.

Subd. 4.Recovery of penalties by civil action.

The civil penalties and payments provided for in this chapter may be recovered by a civil action brought by the county attorney or the attorney general in the name of the state.

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