New Jersey Revised Statutes § 23:5-28 - Pollution Of Fresh Or Tidal Waters, Penalties

23:5-28. Pollution of fresh or tidal waters, penalties
23:5-28. a. No person shall put or place into, turn into, drain into, or place where it can run, flow, wash, or be emptied into, or where it can find its way into, any of the fresh or tidal waters within the jurisdiction of this State any petroleum products, debris, hazardous, deleterious, destructive, or poisonous substances of any kind; provided, however, that the use of any chemical by any State, county, or municipal government agency in any program of mosquito or other pest control or the use of any chemical by any person on agricultural, horticultural, or forestry crops, or in connection with livestock, or aquatic weed control or structural pest and rodent control, in a manner approved by the Department of Environmental Protection, or discharges from facilities for the treatment or disposal of sewage or other wastes in a manner that conforms to rules and regulations promulgated by the Department of Environmental Protection, shall not constitute a violation of this section. Unintentional dropping of scrap steel into fresh or tidal waters of the State during loading of such scrap steel at ports within the State shall also not constitute a violation of this section if the dropped scrap steel is removed from the waters when that area of the port is next dredged.

b. In case of pollution of fresh or tidal waters by any substances injurious to fish, birds, or mammals, it shall not be necessary to show that the substances have actually caused the death of any of these organisms.

c. A person violating this section shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $6,000 for each offense, to be collected in a summary proceeding under "the penalty enforcement law," N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq., and in any case before a court of competent jurisdiction wherein injunctive relief has been requested. The Superior Court shall have jurisdiction to enforce "the penalty enforcement law." If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues shall constitute an additional, separate, and distinct offense. The department is hereby authorized and empowered to compromise and settle any claim for a penalty arising under this section in such amount in the discretion of the department as may appear appropriate and equitable under all of the circumstances. The department may institute a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for injunctive relief to prohibit and prevent any person from violating the provisions of this section and the court may proceed in the action in a summary manner.

Amended 1950,c.49; 1968,c.329,s.1; 1971,c.173,s.11; 1991,c.91,s.280; 1991,c.495,s.1.

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