New Jersey Revised Statutes § 13:1m-17 - Violations; Injunctions; Penalties

13:1M-17. Violations; injunctions; penalties
a. If any person violates any of the provisions of this act or any rule, regulation or order promulgated or issued pursuant to the provisions of this act, the department may institute a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for injunctive or any other appropriate relief to prohibit and prevent this violation and the court may proceed in the action in a summary manner.

b. Any person who violates the provisions of this act or any rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant to this act is liable to a civil administrative penalty of not more than $10,000.00 for the first offense, not more than $20,000.00 for the second offense, and up to $50,000.00 for the third and each subsequent offense. If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues subsequent to receipt of an order to cease the violation constitutes an additional, separate and distinct offense. No civil administrative penalty shall be levied except subsequent to the notification of the violator by certified mail or personal service. The notice shall include a reference to the section of the statute, regulation, order or permit condition violated; a concise statement of the facts alleged to constitute the violation; a statement of the amount of the civil penalties to be imposed; and a statement of the violator's right to a hearing. The violator shall have 20 days from receipt of the notice within which to deliver to the commissioner a written request for a hearing. Subsequent to the hearing and upon a finding that a violation has occurred, the commissioner may issue a final order, after assessing the amount of the fine specified in the notice. If no hearing is requested, the notice shall become a final order upon the expiration of the 20-day period. Payment of the penalty is due when a final order is issued or when the notice becomes a final order. The authority to levy a civil administrative penalty is in addition to all other enforcement provisions in this act, and the payment of a civil administrative penalty shall not be deemed to affect the availability of any other enforcement provision in connection with the violation for which the penalty is levied.

c. The department is authorized and empowered to compromise and settle any claim for a penalty under this section in such amount in the discretion of the department as may appear appropriate and equitable under all of the circumstances, including the posting of a performance bond by the violator.

d. Any person who violates this act or an administrative order issued pursuant to subsection b. of this section or a court order issued pursuant to subsection a. of this section or who fails to pay a civil administrative penalty in full pursuant to subsection b. of this section is subject, upon order of the court, to a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000.00 per day of the violation, and each day's continuance of the violation constitutes a separate and distinct violation. Any penalty imposed under this subsection may be recovered with costs in a summary proceeding pursuant to "the penalty enforcement law" (N.J.S. 2A:58-1 et seq.). The Law Division of Superior Court shall have jurisdiction to enforce "the penalty enforcement law."

L. 1985, c. 432, s. 17, eff. Jan. 13, 1986.

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