N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1E-5.6 - Justification of delay

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

(a) The Department, at its discretion, may determine that a period of longer than 15 minutes for initiating the notification of the Department of a discharge is immediate if the person responsible for the discharge can show, by clear and convincing evidence, that the notification of the Department was initiated as soon as possible or reasonable and that notification within 15 minutes was impossible or unreasonable because of:
1. Essential immediate response activities;
2. The circumstances under which the discharge occurred;
3. The circumstances under which the discharge was first discovered; or
4. Some other valid cause or reason.
(b) A person who does not initiate the notification of the Department of a discharge within 15 minutes and who desires to establish that the notification was as immediate as reasonably possible under the circumstances in which the discharge occurred, shall submit a sworn affidavit so attesting with the written confirmation report required by 7:1E-5.8. This affidavit shall set forth the circumstances of the discharge to establish that the notification of the Department was as immediate as reasonably possible under the circumstances in which the discharge occurred. The affidavit shall be signed by the person or persons required to sign any certifications pursuant to 7:1E-4.11, and shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
1. The address of the facility at which the discharge occurred;
2. The date and time at which the discharge began and the date and time at which it ceased;
3. The name, job title, affiliation, business telephone number and business address of the individual who first discovered the discharge;
4. The date, the time, and the circumstances under which the discharge was first discovered;
5. The reason(s), if any, why the discharge was not immediately discovered;
6. The date and time which the discharge was first reported to the Department;
7. The name, business telephone number, and business address of the individual who first notified the Department of the discharge;
8. Any reason why initiation of notification of the Department within 15 minutes of the onset of the discharge was impossible or unreasonable; and
9. A demonstration that initiation of notification was carried out as soon as possible or reasonable.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1E-5.6

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