2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:3A2-27 - Environmental health ordinances; formulation, adoption and enforcement
26:3A2-27. Environmental health ordinances; formulation, adoption and enforcement
9. A board of health of a county or municipality, or a regional health commission, with, or that is, a certified local health agency, or the governing body of any such county or municipality without a board of health or that is not a member of a regional health commission, may, in accordance with this section, formulate, adopt, amend, repeal and enforce environmental health ordinances to control air pollution, solid waste, hazardous waste, noise, pesticides, radiation, or water pollution, to protect workers and the public from hazardous substances and toxic catastrophes, or to protect against any other threat to environmental health for which authority has been delegated pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1977, c.443 (C.26:3A2-28), within the territorial area of the certified local health agency. Ordinances adopted pursuant to this section shall be consistent with all applicable federal and State statutes, rules and regulations and with any areawide water quality, air quality, solid waste, or other applicable management plan adopted pursuant to law and approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Each ordinance shall be mailed to the commissioner within five working days of adoption, and shall take effect within 90 days of adoption, unless the commissioner disapproves the ordinance during that period. Model ordinances developed pursuant to subsection c. of section 10 of P.L.1977, c.443 (C.26:3A2-28) and adopted in full and without alteration by the appropriate governmental entity shall not be mailed to the commissioner and shall take effect immediately. An ordinance adopted and approved by the board of health or governing body of a county hereunder shall supersede any environmental health ordinance inconsistent therewith on the same subject adopted by the individual municipalities or a regional health commission within the county, and shall be implemented in accordance with approved interagency agreements between the certified local health agency and the department.
A board of health of a county or municipality, or a regional health commission with, or that is, a certified local health agency, or the governing body of any such county or municipality without a board of health or that is not a member of a regional health commission may adopt an environmental health ordinance that is more stringent than the federal or State statute, rule, regulation, or management plan upon which it is based provided that the federal or State statute, rule, regulation, or management plan allows for the adoption of more stringent ordinances.
Notwithstanding any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, an environmental health ordinance may provide for penalties for its violation consistent with the penalties established therefor in the applicable environmental health law, or any penalty schedule adopted by the department in accordance therewith.
L.1977,c.443,s.9; amended 1991,c.99,s.4.
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