New Jersey Revised Statutes § 13:1e-125.8 - Violations, Penalties.

13:1E-125.8 Violations, penalties.

8. a. Whenever the commissioner finds that a person has violated any provision of P.L.2013, c.69 (C.13:1E-125.1 et seq.), the commissioner may institute an action or proceeding in the Superior Court for injunctive and other relief, and for a civil penalty for each violation in an amount not to exceed $25,000 per day provided that each day during which the violation continues shall constitute an additional, separate and distinct offense.

In any such proceeding the court may grant temporary or interlocutory relief. Such relief may include, singly or in combination:

(1)a temporary or permanent injunction that requires that the wastes or materials that are the source of the violation be mixed, covered, or removed;

(2)assessment of the violator for the costs of any investigation, inspection, or monitoring survey that led to the establishment of the violation, and for the reasonable costs of preparing and litigating the case under this section;

(3)assessment of the violator for any cost incurred by the State, county, or municipality in removing, correcting, or terminating the adverse effects upon environmental quality or public health resulting from any violation for which the action under this subsection may have been brought;

(4)assessment against the violator of compensatory damages for any damages, loss, or destruction of wildlife, fish or aquatic life, and for any other actual damages to the public caused by any violation of P.L.2013, c.69 (C.13:1E-125.1 et seq.); and

(5)assessment against the violator of the amount of any economic benefits accruing to the violator from a violation. Economic benefits may include the amount of any fees or charges paid for the placement of the waste or material that is the source of the violation; savings realized from avoided capital or noncapital costs resulting from the violation; any return earned or that may be earned on the amount of fees or charges or of the avoided costs; any benefits accruing to the violator as a result of a competitive market advantage enjoyed by reason of the violation; or any other benefits resulting from the violation.

b.Assessments under this section shall be paid to the State Treasurer. Recourse to any remedy available under this section shall not preclude recourse to any other remedies authorized by P.L.2013, c.69 (C.13:1E-125.1 et seq.) or by any other applicable law.

L.2013, c.69, s.8.

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