N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1E-1.6 - Definitions

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Aboveground storage tank" means any storage tank not defined as an underground storage tank.

"Act" means the Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.1 1 et seq., as amended.

"Agent(s) or officer(s) of the municipality" means a duly authorized representative of the municipality or local board of health, including, but not limited to, a member of the police, fire, or public works department, public health officer, township engineer, zoning officer, director of emergency management, or environmental compliance officer.

"API" means the American Petroleum Institute, 1220 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005-4070, http://www.api.org/.

"API 510" means API's Standard 510, entitled "Pressure Vessel Inspection Code: Maintenance Inspection, Rating, Repair and Alteration," as amended or supplemented.

"API 570" means API's Piping Inspection Code 570, entitled "Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Rerating of In-service Piping Systems," as amended or supplemented.

"API 653" means the API's Standard 653, entitled "Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction," as amended or supplemented.

"ASME" means the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 3 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10016-5990, http://www.asme.org/.

"ASME Section V" means ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section V, entitled "Nondestructive Examination," as amended or supplemented.

"ASME Section VIII" means ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII, entitled "Pressure Vessels," as amended or supplemented.

"ASME Section X" means ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section X, entitled "Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels," as amended or supplemented.

"Assertedly confidential information" means information which is the subject of a confidentiality claim, for which a confidentiality determination has not been made.

"ASTM" means the American Society of Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2951, http://www.astm.org/.

"ASTM D5856" means ASTM's Standard D5856, entitled "Standard Test Method for Measurement of Hydraulic Conductivity of Porous Material Using a Rigid-Wall, Compaction-Mold Permeameter," as amended and supplemented.

"ASTM D93" means ASTM's Standard D93, entitled "Standard Test Methods for Flash-Point by Pensky-Martens Closed Cup Tester," as amended and supplemented.

"ASTM E1067" means ASTM's Standard E1067-01, entitled "Standard Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Resin (FRP) Tanks/Vessels," as amended and supplemented.

"Broker" means any person who arranges for the transportation, treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous substances on behalf of another person.

"CFR" means the Code of Federal Regulations.

"Claimant" means any person who submits a confidentiality claim under this chapter.

"Class confidentiality determination" means a confidentiality determination made by the Department under 7:1E-8.9, for a class of information.

"Cleanup and removal activities" means actions to clean up or remove or attempt to clean up or remove a discharge of a hazardous substance or the source thereof, or to chemically neutralize the discharge, or measures to prevent or mitigate any damages to the public health, safety or welfare, including, but not limited to, public and private property, shorelines, beaches, surface waters, water columns and bottom sediments, soils and other affected property, including wildlife and other natural resources.

"Cleanup and removal costs" means all costs associated with cleanup and removal activities incurred by the State, its political subdivisions or their agents or any person with written approval of the Department.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection or the person designated to act on his or her behalf pursuant to an administrative order.

"Confidential copy" means a record (or copy thereof) submitted to or obtained by the Department, containing information which the claimant asserts is confidential information.

"Confidential information" means information for which the claimant has asserted a confidentiality claim, in compliance with the procedures required by N.J.A.C. 7:1E-7, and such confidentiality claim has not expired by its terms, been waived or withdrawn, and for which the Department has made a confidentiality determination in compliance with N.J.A.C. 7:1E-8.

"Confidentiality claim" or "claim" means, with respect to information that a person is required either to submit to the Department or to allow the Department to obtain, a written request by such person that the Department treat such information as confidential information.

"Confidentiality determination" means a determination by the Department that assertedly confidential information is or is not confidential information.

"Containment" or "containment activities" means actions to limit or prevent the spread of a leak or discharge.

"Contractor" means a person, other than an employee of the owner or operator or the Department, who has entered into an agreement with the owner or operator or the Department to perform services or to provide goods.

"Controlling interest" means the direct ownership of at least 50 percent of the voting stock or other equity interest in a person.

"DCR plan" means the discharge cleanup and removal plan required under N.J.A.C. 7:1E-4.

"Department" means the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

"Diligent inquiry" means:

1. Conducting a diligent search of all documents which are reasonably likely to contain information related to a possible discharge, which documents are in such person's possession, custody or control, or in the possession, custody or control of any other person from whom the person conducting the search has legal right to obtain such documents; and

2. Making reasonable inquiries of current and former employees and agents whose duties include or included any responsibility for hazardous substances, and any other current and former employees or agents who may have knowledge or documents relevant to a discharge.

"Discharge" means any intentional or unintentional action or omission, unless pursuant to and in compliance with the conditions of a valid and effective Federal or State permit, resulting in the releasing, spilling, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying or dumping of a hazardous substance into the waters or onto the lands of the State, or into waters outside the jurisdiction of the State when damage may result to the lands, waters or natural resources within the jurisdiction of the State. This term does not include "leak."

"Discharge cleanup organization" means an organization or association that has equipment and personnel to be utilized in cleanup and removal activities.

"Discharge monitoring device" means any equipment or instrumentation that is used to detect discharges at the facility.

"Double-walled piping" means piping which consists of one pipe fixed inside another, with an annular space between.

"DPCC plan" means the discharge prevention, containment and countermeasure plan required under N.J.A.C. 7:1E-4.

"Environmentally sensitive areas" means, for the purposes of planning for discharge control and mitigation, geographic areas which contain one or more significant natural or ecological resources as set forth in 7:1E-1.8.

"EPA" means the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Equivalent measure" means:

1. The total volume, in gallons, of the drum, tote or other container holding the hazardous substance; or

2. For hazardous substances not stored or transported in containers, the calculated volume, in gallons, of the space the hazardous substance occupies.

"Facility" means any place or equipment that is used to refine, produce, store, hold, handle, transfer, process or transport hazardous substances.

"Facility inventory" means an actual accounting of on-hand hazardous substance quantities, performed on a minimum of an annual basis.

"Field-erected storage tank" means a steel storage tank erected on-site where it will be used.

"Final public copy" means a copy of a record submitted to or obtained by the Department, identical to the confidential copy except that any confidential information has been blacked out; provided, however, that if the record is not in a form in which confidential information can be concealed by blacking out, the "final public copy" shall be a copy of such record from which such confidential information has been deleted, containing notations stating where deletions have been made.

"Financial reporting year" means the latest consecutive 12-month period for which any of the following reports used to support a financial test in accordance with 7:1E-4.4(g) is prepared: a 10-K report submitted to the Security and Exchange Commission; an annual report of tangible net worth submitted to Dun and Bradstreet; or annual reports submitted to the Energy Information Administration, Rural Utilities Services or the Board of Public Utilities. "Financial reporting year" may thus comprise a fiscal or a calendar year period.

"Grace period" means the period of time afforded under 13:1D-125, et seq., commonly known as the Grace Period Law, for a person to correct a minor violation in order to avoid imposition of a penalty that would be otherwise applicable for a violation.

"Guarantor" means a person who:

1. Possesses a controlling interest in the owner or operator;

2. Possesses a controlling interest in a person who possesses a controlling interest in the owner or operator;

3. Is controlled through stock ownership by a common parent firm that possesses a controlling interest in the owner or operator; or

4. Is engaged in a substantial business relationship with the owner or operator and issues the guarantee as an act incident to that business relationship.

"Hazardous substances" means all substances set forth in 7:1E-1.7.

"Impermeable" means utilizing a layer of natural or man-made material of sufficient thickness, density and composition so as to have a maximum permeability for the hazardous substance being contained of 10-7 centimeters per second at the maximum anticipated hydrostatic pressure.

"Incompatible materials" means those substances which, if mixed, will create hazards greater than those posed by the individual substances alone, such as fire, explosion, or generation of toxic fumes.

"Integrity testing" means a method of testing structures as established in 7:1E-2.16.

"Internal inspection" means an examination of the interior of an aboveground storage tank appropriate to the type and size of the tank and in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:1E-2.16.

"Leak" or "leakage" means any escape of a hazardous substance from the ordinary containers employed in the normal course of storage, transfer, processing or use into a secondary containment or diversion system or onto a surface from which it is cleaned up and removed prior to its escape into the waters or onto the lands of the State.

"Liquid" means having a viscosity between 0.2 centipoise and 3000 centipoise inclusive at one atmosphere (760.0 millimeters of mercury) pressure and temperatures between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit (0 and 49 degrees Centigrade).

"Major facility" means all facilities, located on one or more contiguous or adjacent properties owned and/or operated by the same person, having total aggregate, combined storage capacity of:

1. 20,000 gallons or more for hazardous substances other than petroleum or petroleum products;

2. 200,000 gallons or more for hazardous substances of all kinds; or

3. An equivalent measure as defined in this section, for hazardous substances which are not commonly measured by volume;

4. A vessel, except a vessel used solely for activities directly related to recovering, containing, cleaning up or removing discharges of petroleum in the surface waters of the State, including training, research and other activities directly related to discharge response, shall be considered a major facility only when hazardous substances are transferred between vessels. A "transmission pipeline" is not a major facility.

"Major leak" means an accident required to be reported pursuant to 49 CFR 195.50.

"Natural resources" means all land, fish, shellfish, wildlife, biota, air, waters and other such resources owned, managed, held in trust, or otherwise controlled by the State.

"NJPDES permit" means a permit or permit-by-rule issued by the Department pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:14A.

"Nonmiscible lighter-than-water" means having a density less than water and not mixing with water to an appreciable degree.

"NPDES permit" means a permit or permit-by-rule issued by EPA pursuant to 40 CFR 122.

"Out-of-service" means any container, pipe, or equipment from which all liquid and sludge has been removed, all connecting lines and piping have been disconnected and blanked off, all valves (except for ventilation valves) have been closed and locked, and on which conspicuous signs have been posted that state that it is out of service and note the date of removal from service.

"Owner or operator" means any person who, with respect to:

1. A vessel, owns, operates or charters by demise such vessel;

2. Any facility, owns such facility, or operates it by lease, contract or other form of agreement; and

3. Abandoned or derelict facilities, owned or operated such facility immediately prior to such abandonment, or the owner at the time of the discharge.

"Person" means public or private corporations, companies, associations, societies, firms, partnerships, joint stock companies, as well as individuals, and when used to designate the owner of property which may be subject to this chapter, includes this State, the United States, any other state of the United States, and any foreign country or government, and any political subdivisions or agents, lawfully owning or possessing property in this State.

"Person in charge" means an individual designated as being in charge of marine transfer operations pursuant to U.S. Coast Guard regulations at 33 CFR 154.710 or 33 CFR 155.700.

"Person responsible for a discharge" means:

1. Any person whose act or omission results or has resulted in a discharge;

2. Each owner or operator of any facility, vehicle or vessel from which a discharge has occurred;

3. Any person who owns or controls any hazardous substance which is discharged;

4. Any person who has directly or indirectly caused a discharge;

5. Any person who has allowed a discharge to occur; or

6. Any person who brokers, generates or transports the hazardous substance discharged.

"Petroleum" or "petroleum products" means any liquid that is essentially a complex mixture, whether natural or synthetic, of hydrocarbons of different types with small amounts of other substances, such as compounds of oxygen, sulfur or nitrogen, or metallic compounds, or any of the useful liquid products obtained from such a liquid by various refining processes, such as fractional distillation, cracking, catalytic reforming, alkylation and polymerization. This term shall include, but not be limited to, gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, synthetic oil, oil sludge, oil refuse, oil mixed with other wastes, crude oils, and hazardous substances listed in Appendix A which are to be used in the refining or blending of crude petroleum or petroleum stock in this State.

"Preliminary public copy" means a copy of a record held by the Department, identical to the confidential copy except that any assertedly confidential information has been blacked out; provided, however, that if the record is not in a form in which confidential information can be concealed by blacking out, the "preliminary public copy" shall be a copy of such record from which such confidential information has been deleted, containing notations stating where deletions have been made.

"Process area" or "production facility" means an area employed in production in which an action, operation or treatment embracing chemical, industrial, manufacturing or processing factors, methods, or forms is carried out utilizing hazardous substances. These factors, methods or forms include, but are not limited to, batch or continuous chemical reactions, distillation, blending and mixing operations, refining and re-refining processes, and separation processes.

"Radionuclide" means any substance listed in 40 CFR 302.4, Appendix B.

"Record" means any document, writing, photograph, sound or magnetic recording, drawing, or other similar thing by which information has been preserved and from which the information can be retrieved or copied.

"Regional Administrator" means the Regional Administrator of EPA for the Federal region which includes the State of New Jersey.

"Regulated portion" means the area, portion, or equipment in a major facility or transmission pipeline in which hazardous substances are routinely refined, produced, stored, held, handled, used, processed, or transferred.

"Repair" means any work necessary to maintain or restore a storage tank or other equipment to a condition suitable for safe operation, other than that necessary for ordinary, day-to-day maintenance to keep up the functional integrity of the storage tank or other equipment.

"Reservoir" means a receptacle or chamber which can be used for storing a fluid.

"Requester" means a person who has made a request to the Department to inspect or copy records which the Department possesses or controls.

"Response coordinator" means the individual at the major facility or transmission pipeline who shall possess sufficient corporate authority and technical background to hire contractors and obligate funds to implement cleanup and removal activities and to act as a liaison with Federal, State and/or local on-scene coordinator(s).

"Secondary containment or diversion system" means any structures, devices or combinations thereof supplementary to the ordinary containers employed in the normal course of storage, transfer, processing or use, designed and operated to prevent leaks of hazardous substances from becoming discharges.

"Sewage" means domestic sewage, including the contents and effluents of septic tanks, public sewer systems and public sewage treatment plants.

"Sewage sludge" means the dried or semi-liquid residue of a sewage treatment process.

"Shop-built storage tank" means a storage tank fabricated in a manufacturing facility and shipped to the site where it will be installed and used.

"Small business" means any business which is resident in New Jersey, independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field, and employs fewer than 100 full time employees.

"Soil permeability testing" means a quantitative measurement of the ease with which a liquid moves through soil, such as ASTM D5856.

"SP001" means STI's Standard SP001, "Standard for the Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks," as amended or supplemented.

"Standard operating procedure" or "SOP" means a document setting forth the operating procedures, in accordance with 7:1E-2.14, for an operation involving a hazardous substance at the facility.

"State of the art technology" means up-to-date technology reflected in equipment or procedures that, when applied at a major facility, will result in a significant reduction in the probability of a discharge. The technology represents an advancement in reduction of leaks or discharges and shall have been demonstrated at a similar facility to be reliable in commercial operation or in a pilot operation on a scale large enough to be translated into commercial operation. The technology shall be in the public domain at reasonable cost commensurate with the reduction in probability of leaks or discharges achieved, or otherwise available at reasonable cost commensurate with the reduction in probability of leaks or discharges achieved. Technologies verified by the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology (NJCAT) as innovative environmental technologies are deemed to meet this definition. Information on verified technologies shall be available from the Department through the Office of Innovative Technology and Market Development within the Division of Science and Research.

"Static head testing" means testing which involves the filling of a tank with water or other liquid, or placing the tank under pressure, to determine if there are any leaks over a definite period of time.

"STI" means the Steel Tank Institute, 570 Oakwood Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047, http://www.steeltank.com.

"Storage capacity" means that capacity which is dedicated to, used for, or intended to be used for storage of hazardous substances of all kinds. This term shall include, but not be limited to, above and underground storage tanks, drums, reservoirs, containers, bins, and the intended or actual use of open land or unenclosed space. For a storage tank, the total volumetric design capacity of the tank shall be the storage capacity. This term shall not include the capacity of:

1. A heating oil tank servicing only the individual private residence at which it is located;

2. Any underground storage tank at the facility used solely to store heating oil for on-site consumption;

3. Any tank or container that is out-of-service; or

4. Any container five gallons or less in size.

"Storage tank" means any tank or reservoir which is a container for hazardous substances and which is primarily used for bulk storage.

"Substantial business relationship" means the extent of a business relationship necessary under applicable State law to insure that a guarantee contract issued incident to that relationship is valid and enforceable.

"Substantial damage" means damage which is material and of real worth, value or effect. This term does not include damage which is speculative, contingent, or nominal.

"Substantial modification" means any change in facility design, construction, operation or maintenance that will materially affect the facility's potential for discharges of hazardous substances. This term may include, but is not limited to, change in service of a storage tank, discontinuation of or start-up of a production facility, change in use of transfer areas or substances transferred, and change in hours of operation.

"Substantial reconstruction" means any restoration, refurbishment, renovation or relocation of existing equipment which incurs costs equal to 50 percent or more of the replacement value of the equipment, or which impairs the physical integrity of the equipment or its monitoring systems.

"Substantiation" means information which a claimant submits to the Department in support of a confidentiality claim pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:1E-8.3.

"Tangible net worth" means the tangible assets that remain after deducting liabilities; such assets do not include intangibles such as goodwill and rights to patents or royalties. For purposes of this definition, "assets" means all existing and all probable future economic benefits obtained or controlled by a particular entity as a result of past transactions.

"Transfer" means onloading or offloading between major facilities and vessels, or vessels and major facilities, and from vessel to vessel or major facility to major facility except for fueling or refueling operations, and except that with regard to the movement of hazardous substances other than petroleum, it shall also include any onloading of or offloading from a major facility.

"Transfer capacity" means the maximum quantity of hazardous substances which can be transferred into or out of a facility in a 24-hour period.

"Transmission pipeline" means new and existing pipe and any equipment, facility, rights-of-way, or building used or intended for use in the transportation of a hazardous substance by a pipeline and having a throughput capacity of 140 gallons per minute (530 liters per minute) or greater. This term does not include the transportation of a hazardous substance through onshore production or flow lines, refining, or manufacturing facilities, or storage terminals or inplant piping systems associated with those facilities. Any pipe used or intended to be used in the transportation of a hazardous substance which is not a transmission pipeline will be considered an in-facility pipe.

"Underground storage tank" means any tank defined as such in N.J.A.C. 7:14B.

"Vessel" means every description of watercraft or other contrivance that is practicably capable of being used as a means of commercial transportation of hazardous substances upon the waters, whether or not self propelled.

"Waters" means the ocean and its estuaries to the seaward limit of the State's jurisdiction, all springs, streams and bodies of surface or ground water, whether natural or artificial, within the boundaries of this State.


N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1E-1.6
Amended by R.1992 d.186, effective 4/20/1992.
See: 23 N.J.R. 2848(a), 24 N.J.R. 1484(a).
Definitions added for "assertedly confidential information", "claimant", "class confidentiality determination", "confidential copy", "confidential information", "confidentiality claim" and "confidentiality determination", "contract", "contractor", "final public copy", "record", "requester" and "substantiation".
Amended by R.1996 d.252, effective 6/3/1996.
See: 27 N.J.R. 2337(a), 27 N.J.R. 2882(a), 28 N.J.R. 2858(a).
Amended by R.1996 d.462, effective 10/7/1996.
See: 28 N.J.R. 2730(a), 28 N.J.R. 4424(b).
Amended by R.2000 d.352, effective 8/21/2000.
See: 31 N.J.R. 3561(a), 32 N.J.R. 3091(a).
Inserted "Equivalent measure"; in "Major facility", rewrote 3; and in "State of the art technology", added the fourth and fifth sentences.
Amended by R.2001 d.355, effective 10/1/2001.
See: 33 N.J.R. 1255(a), 33 N.J.R. 3518(a).
Inserted "API 510", "API 570", "ASTM E1067", "Facility Inventory", and "Internal visual inspection".
Amended by R.2007 d.93, effective 4/2/2007.
See: 38 N.J.R. 4285(a), 39 N.J.R. 1253(a).
Deleted definitions "Affiliate", "API 574", "Bulk storage", "Handling", "Major maintenance", "Major repair", "Paved or surfaced" and "SPCC plan"; added definitions "ASTM D5856", "ASTM D93", "Field-erected storage tank", "Financial reporting year", "Grace period", "Out-of-service", "Repair", "Shop-built storage tank", "Soil permeability testing", "SP001" and "STI"; rewrote definitions "API", "ASME", "ASTM", "Controlling interest", "Discharge cleanup organization", "Hazardous substances", "Integrity testing", "Response coordinator" and "Standard operating procedure"; in definition "ASTM E1067", substituted "E1067-01" for "E1067-96"; in paragraph 3 of definition "Guarantor", inserted "through stock ownership"; substituted definitions "Internal inspection" for "Internal visual inspection" and "Static head testing" for "Static head product testing" and rewrote definitions; in definition "Petroleum", substituted "any liquid" for "any bituminous liquid", and inserted ", whether natural or synthetic," and "synthetic oil,"; and in definition "Storage capacity", deleted "or" from the end of paragraph 1, inserted a semicolon at the end of paragraph 2 and added paragraphs 3 and 4.

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