2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:3A2-22 - Findings, declarations relative to hazardous materials emergency response.
26:3A2-22 Findings, declarations relative to hazardous materials emergency response.
2.The Legislature finds that environmental health programs for the control of air pollution, solid waste, hazardous waste, noise, pesticides, radiation, and water pollution and to protect workers and the public from hazardous substances and toxic catastrophes are inherently regional in nature and that the existing county health departments have experience administering environmental health programs on a regional basis and that they are among the most efficient health units in the State.
The Legislature declares that it is the policy of this State to provide for the administration of environmental health services by county departments of health throughout the State in a manner which is consistent with certain overall performance standards to be promulgated by the Department of Environmental Protection. The environmental health services shall include the monitoring and enforcement of environmental health standards, the operation of a technical resource center and the enactment and enforcement of environmental health ordinances to control air pollution, solid waste, hazardous waste, noise, pesticides, radiation, and water pollution, to protect workers and the public from hazardous substances and toxic catastrophes, and to protect against other threats to environmental health.
The Legislature further declares that the burdens placed upon the existing system of emergency and hazardous materials response programs require the implementation of measures to improve the coordination between the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Office of Emergency Management in the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and county health departments in order to provide comprehensive Statewide planning and supervision of all emergency management emergency response activities by these departments, and to provide for the Statewide standardization of the necessary and appropriate levels of planning, training, exercising, and equipment availability and usage for each county for the protection of the public health and the environment, and to properly prepare to respond to a terrorist incident involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive weapons.
L.1977,c.443,s.2; amended 1991, c.99, s.1; 2005, c.3, s.1.
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