Health & Safety Code Section 361.703
Participation in Management
(a)For purposes of Section 361.702 (Exclusion of Lenders Not Participants in Management), the term “participate in management”:
(1)means actually participating in the management or operational affairs of a solid waste facility; and
(2)does not include merely having the capacity to influence, or the unexercised right to control, a solid waste facility or facility operations.
(b)A person that is a lender that holds a security interest in or with regard to a solid waste facility is considered to participate in management only if, while the borrower is still in possession of the solid waste facility encumbered by the security interest, the person:
(1)exercises decision-making control over the environmental compliance related to the solid waste facility such that the person has undertaken responsibility for the solid waste handling or disposal practices related to the solid waste facility; or
(2)exercises control at a level comparable to that of a manager of the solid waste facility such that the person has assumed or manifested responsibility:
(A)for the overall management of the solid waste facility encompassing day-to-day decisionmaking with respect to environmental compliance; or
(B)over all or substantially all of the operational functions, as distinguished from financial or administrative functions, of the solid waste facility other than the function of environmental compliance.
(c)The term “participate in management” does not include:
(1)performing an act or failing to act before the time at which a security interest is created in a solid waste facility;
(2)holding a security interest or abandoning or releasing a security interest;
(3)including in the terms of an extension of credit, or in a contract or security agreement relating to the extension, a covenant, warranty, or other term or condition that relates to environmental compliance;
(4)monitoring or enforcing the terms and conditions of the extension of credit or security interest;
(5)monitoring or undertaking one or more inspections of the solid waste facility;
(6)requiring a response action or other lawful means of addressing the release or threatened release of solid waste in connection with the solid waste facility before, during, or on the expiration of the term of the extension of credit;
(7)providing financial or other advice or counseling in an effort to mitigate, prevent, or cure default or diminution in the value of the solid waste facility;
(8)restructuring, renegotiating, or otherwise agreeing to alter the terms and conditions of the extension of credit or security interest, exercising forbearance;
(9)exercising other remedies that may be available under applicable law for the breach of a term or condition of the extension of credit or security agreement; or
(10)conducting a response action under the national contingency plan adopted under 42 U.S.C. Section 9605, under a commission-approved cleanup plan, or under the direction of an on-scene coordinator appointed under the national contingency plan or a commission-approved cleanup plan, if the actions do not rise to the level of participating in management within the meaning of Subsections (a) and (b).
Section 361.703 — Participation in Management,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.361.htm#361.703 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).