2016 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title X - PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 125-C - AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
Section 125-C:15 - Enforcement.

NH Rev Stat § 125-C:15 (2016) What's This?
    125-C:15 Enforcement. –
    I. Whenever the commissioner or the commissioner's authorized representative finds that any device, non-Title V source, affected source of air pollution, or any other source of air pollution has resulted in a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or any rules in force hereunder, or any condition in a permit issued under this chapter, the commissioner shall issue a notice of violation and, where appropriate, an order of abatement establishing a compliance schedule with which the device, non-Title V source, affected source, or any other source shall comply. Any order of abatement shall become final and enforceable by the commissioner within 30 days of its issuance unless an appeal is filed with the air resources council before the expiration of said 30-day period. The council shall hold a hearing on any such appeal promptly, and shall thereafter issue a decision upholding, modifying or abrogating the commissioner's order of abatement or any part thereof. The council's decision shall become final 10 days after it is issued. Upon a finding by the commissioner that there is an imminent and substantial endangerment to the public health or welfare or the environment, the commissioner shall issue an order of abatement requiring immediate compliance and said order shall be final and enforceable upon issuance, but may be appealed to the council within 30 days of its issuance, and the council may, after hearing, uphold, modify, or abrogate said order.
    I-a. Whenever the commissioner or his authorized representative finds that a gasoline dispensing facility subject to Stage II vapor recovery system requirements has resulted in a violation of any provisions of this chapter or the rules in force hereunder, the commissioner or authorized representative shall issue a stop use order and compliance schedule with which the gasoline dispensing facility shall comply. Any stop use order shall become final and enforceable upon issuance, but may be appealed to the council within 10 days of its issuance and the council, after hearing, may uphold, modify, or abrogate such order.
    I-b. The commissioner of the department of environmental services, after notice and hearing pursuant to RSA 541-A, may impose an administrative fine not to exceed $2,000 for each offense upon any person who violates any provision of this chapter, any rule adopted pursuant to this chapter, or any permit, compliance schedule, stop use order, or order of abatement, issued pursuant to this chapter; or upon any person who makes or certifies a material false statement relative to any document or information which is required to be submitted to the department pursuant to this chapter or any rule adopted pursuant to this chapter. Rehearings and appeals from a decision of the commissioner under this paragraph shall be in accordance with RSA 541. Any administrative fine imposed under this paragraph shall not preclude the imposition of further penalties under this chapter. The proceeds of administrative fines imposed pursuant to this paragraph shall be deposited in the general fund.
       (a) Notice and hearing prior to the imposition of an administrative fine shall be in accordance with RSA 541-A and procedural rules adopted by the commissioner pursuant to RSA 541-A:16.
       (b) The commissioner shall determine fines based on the following:
          (1) For a minor deviation from a requirement causing minor potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $100 and not more than $1,000.
          (2) For a minor deviation from a requirement causing moderate potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $601 and not more than $1,250.
          (3) For a minor deviation from a requirement causing major potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $851 and not more than $1,500.
          (4) For a moderate deviation from a requirement causing minor potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $601 and not more than $1,250.
          (5) For a moderate deviation from a requirement causing moderate potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $851 and not more than $1,500.
          (6) For a moderate deviation from a requirement causing major potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $1,251 and not more than $1,750.
          (7) For a major deviation from a requirement causing minor potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $851 and not more than $1,500.
          (8) For a major deviation from a requirement causing moderate potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $1,251 and not more than $1,750.
          (9) For a major deviation from a requirement causing major potential for harm, the fine shall be not less than $1,501 and not more than $2,000.
       (c) The commissioner may assess an additional fine for repeat violations.
    II. Any violation of the provisions of this chapter, or of any rule adopted or order issued under it, or of any condition in a permit issued under it, shall be subject to enforcement by injunction, including mandatory injunction, issued by the superior court upon application of the attorney general. Any such violation shall also be subject to a civil forfeiture to the state of not more than $25,000 for each violation, and for each day of a continuing violation.
    III. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, or any rule adopted or order issued under this chapter, or any condition of a permit issued under this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if a natural person, or guilty of a felony if any other person.
    IV. Notwithstanding RSA 651:2, any person may, in addition to any sentence of imprisonment, probation, or conditional discharge, be fined not more than $25,000 if found guilty of any violation pursuant to RSA 125-C:15, III. Each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.

Source. 1979, 359:2. 1981, 332:8. 1993, 329:12. 1996, 228:104; 247:11; 278:15. 1998, 146:1, 2, eff. June 8, 1998.

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