N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1J-9.16 - Decisions of the board; award; payment of claim

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

(a) All decisions of the board shall be in writing, with notification to all parties, and shall be rendered within 60 days after the last member of the board takes the oath of office under 7:1J-9.3(g), unless the parties otherwise agree in writing to an extension. If all parties agree to such an extension, the board shall render its decision within 20 days after the date for final post-hearing submissions determined under 7:1J-9.9(n).
(b) No sooner than 30 days after the determination of the board, nor more than 60 days thereafter, the board shall certify all claims settled or arbitrated to the administrator, who, in turn, shall certify the amount of the award and the name of the claimant to the Commissioner of the Department, who shall direct the administrator to pay the award from the Fund.
(c) The award shall be in writing, signed by a majority of the arbitrators and filed with the administrator. The award shall be executed in the manner required by law.
(d) Any member of the board who disagrees with the award shall file a dissent which shall be certified and delivered to the administrator with the majority award.
(e) The board may grant any remedy or relief that the board deems just and equitable and within the scope of the arbitration provision of the Act. The arbitrator has no authority or power whatsoever to adjudicate the liability of any potentially responsible party for a discharge or threatened discharge; nonetheless, the board may deny any claim upon a finding that a particular claim is invalid for any reason or that the amount of the damage claim or cleanup and removal costs are not justified given the evidence presented to the board. The board has no authority to determine the scope of coverage or the applicability of any insurance policy pertaining to a potentially responsible party. This limitation upon the board's authority shall not be construed to limit the board's authority to determine whether the administrator's rights to subrogation or right to effectuate cost recovery have been impaired.
(f) If the parties settle their dispute during the course of the arbitration, the board may set forth the terms of the agreed settlement in a consent award.
(g) The administrator shall deliver the award in accordance with 7:1J-1.7.
(h) Determinations made by the board shall be final. Any action for judicial review shall be filed in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court within 30 days after the filing of the decision with the administrator pursuant to (b) above.
(i) All payments from the Fund pursuant to an award by the board shall be conditioned upon the administrator acquiring by subrogation all rights of the claimant to recovery of cleanup and removal costs and damages from any potentially responsible party; and provided further that the claimant has not received any compensation for said damages or cleanup and removal costs pursuant to any other State or Federal law. In any case in which a potentially responsible party seeks judicial review, reasonable attorney's fees and costs shall be awarded to the claimant if the decision of the board is affirmed.

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N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1J-9.16

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