|(a) When an emergency exists as a result of a matter under the commission's jurisdiction that requires immediate action to protect the public health or safety or the environment, the commission or executive director may issue an emergency order under Texas Water Code, §5.516, and Texas Health and Safety Code, §401.056. (b) The commission or executive director may issue an emergency order directing any action or corrective measure needed to correct or remove the threat to public health or safety or the environment when the commission or executive director determines that radioactive substances under its jurisdiction threatens the public health or safety or the environment and that the licensee managing the radioactive substances is unable to remove the threat. (c) An emergency order issued under this section takes effect immediately. A person to whom an emergency order is directed shall comply immediately with that
order. (d) The emergency order shall be delivered to the person to whom the order is directed by hand delivery or by certified mail, return receipt requested. Affidavit of personal service, proof of mailing to the proper address, or the receipt shall be conclusive evidence of service. (e) If the commission or executive director issues the emergency order without notice or hearing, the commission shall provide the person to whom the order is directed an opportunity for a hearing on written request within 30 days of the date of the order. If a hearing is requested, notice of the hearing shall be given to the person to whom the order is directed by hand delivery or certified mail, return receipt requested, at least ten days before the hearing. A requested hearing shall be held not earlier than the 11th day and not later than the 20th day following the date of receipt of the hearing request. (f) All provisions of the emergency
order shall remain in full force and effect during the pendency of a hearing, unless otherwise altered by the commission. At the conclusion of the hearing and after the proposal for decision is made, the commission shall make a determination to affirm, modify, or revoke the emergency order and may modify, revoke, or suspend the license based on the determination made. (g) The commission shall use the financial assurance mechanism provided by a licensee to pay the costs of actions and corrective measures that are taken or that are to be taken under this section. The commission shall use this financial assurance mechanism under the procedure set out in Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 401. (h) If the costs of actions and corrective measures require more funds than the financial assurance mechanism has provided, the commission shall request the attorney general to seek reimbursement from the licensee or person causing the threat.
(i) The commission shall seek reimbursement through a commission order or shall request the attorney general to file suit for reimbursement if the commission uses the funds provided by the licensee for security under Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 401, to pay for actions or corrective measures to remedy spills or contamination by radioactive material resulting from a violation of the Texas Radiation Control Act (TRCA), the rules of this chapter, or a license or order issued by the commission under the TRCA or this chapter.