2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:3A2-23 - Definitions
3. As used in this act unless otherwise specifically indicated:
a. "Air pollution" means the presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or more air contaminants in such quantities and duration as are, or tend to be, injurious to the human health or welfare, animal or plant life, or property, or would unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life or property anywhere in the State as may be affected thereby, but excludes all aspects of employer-employee relationships with respect to health and safety hazards within the confines of a place of employment.
b. "County board" means a county board of health established pursuant to P.L.1975, c.329 (C.26:3A2-1 et seq.) and having all the powers of a county board of health provided pursuant to law.
c. "County department" means a county department of health established pursuant to P.L.1975, c.329 (C.26:3A2-1 et seq.) with the purpose of providing environmental health programs throughout the county and other local health programs in any municipality which contracts therefor with the county board.
d. "Environmental health" means those health and environmental programs relating to 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, or to such other health and environmental programs as may be designated by the commissioner.
e. "Monitor" means check, test, observe, survey or inspect to determine compliance with environmental health standards.
f. "Noise" means any sounds of such level and duration as to be or tend to be injurious to human health or welfare, or which would unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life or property throughout the State or in any portions thereof, but excludes all aspects of the employer-employee relationship concerning health and safety hazards within the confines of a place of employment.
g. "Solid waste" means garbage, refuse, and other discarded materials resulting from industrial, commercial and agricultural operations, and from domestic and community activities, and shall include all other waste materials including liquids, except for solid animal and vegetable wastes collected by swine producers licensed by the State Department of Agriculture to collect, prepare and feed such wastes to swine on their own farms.
h. "Water pollution" means the presence in or upon the surface or ground waters of this State of one or more contaminants, including any form of solid or liquid waste of any composition whatsoever, in such quantities and duration as are, or tend to be, injurious to the human health or welfare, animal or plant life, or property, or would unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life or property within any portion of the State.
i. "Certified local health agency" means a local health agency satisfying the performance and administrative standards authorized in section 15 of P.L.1977, c.443 (C.26:3A2-33).
j. "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Environmental Protection.
k. "Department" means the Department of Environmental Protection.
l. "Local health agency" means a county department, or regional or municipal health agency responsible, pursuant to law, for the conduct, within its area of jurisdiction, of a public health program administered by a full-time health officer.
m. "Pesticides" means "pesticides" as defined in section 3 of P.L.1971, c.176 (C.13:1F-3).
n. "Radiation" means "unnecessary radiation" as defined in section 2 of P.L.1958, c.116 (C.26:2D-2); radon gas and radon progeny; "low-level radioactive waste" as defined in section 3 of P.L.1987, c.333 (C.13:1E-179), or as defined by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection pursuant to regulation.
o. "State statutes concerning environmental health" or "environmental health laws" means the "Solid Waste Management Act," P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-1 et seq.), the "Pesticide Control Act of 1971," P.L.1971, c.176 (C.13:1F-1 et seq.), the "Noise Control Act of 1971," P.L.1971, c.418 (C.13:1G-1 et seq.), the "Radiation Protection Act," P.L.1958, c.116 (C.26:2D-1 et seq.), the "Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act," P.L.1983, c.330 (C.13:1K-6 et seq.), the "Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act," P.L.1985, c.403 (C.13:1K-19 et seq.), the "Air Pollution Control Act (1954)," P.L.1954, c.212 (C.26:2C-1 et seq.), the "Worker and Community Right to Know Act," P.L.1983, c.315 (C.34:5A-1 et seq.), the "Water Pollution Control Act," P.L.1977, c.74 (C.58:10A-1 et seq.), P.L.1986, c.102 (C.58:10A-21 et seq.), and any other State environmental health law that the commissioner deems appropriate.
L.1977,c.443,s.3; amended 1991,c.99,s.2.
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