Otero County, NM
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Otero County 1-24-2011 by Ord. No. 11-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Environmental planning and review — See Ch. 120.
Land development — See Ch. 150.
Food service and food processing — See NMAC 7.6.2 et seq.
Swimming pools — See NMAC 7.18.2 through 7.18.5.
Liquid waste treatment and disposal — See NMAC 20.7.3 et seq.
The CED will protect the environment and the public health by assuming responsibility for the permitting, inspection and enforcement of food services, public swimming pools and on-site liquid waste disposal systems of less than 2,000 gallons per day.
The CED will initially adopt the following New Mexico Administrative Codes to establish a regulatory framework and fee structure for the department.
Food service and food processing: NMAC 7.6.2 et seq.
Swimming pools: NMAC 7.18.2 , 7.18.3, 7.18.4 and 7.18.5 et seq.
Liquid waste treatment and disposal: NMAC 20.7.3 et seq.
The CED will be responsible for developing required training, certification requirements, education and public outreach.
The CED will establish and maintain an amicable liaison with the NM State NMED and the federal EPA to remain aware of significant regulatory changes and new validated science of interest to the CED areas of responsibility.
The CED may conduct research and collect data as required or appropriate to assist in mitigating or preventing environmental or public health problems in Otero County.
The CED will strive to maintain an open office policy with a minimum response time for public questions, assistance, complaints and permit applications.
Properly certified CED staff will have the authority to issue citations for violations of significant regulations and to initiate other enforcement action as may be required.
No person shall interfere, hinder, or molest any staff of the CED in the performance of any duty as herein provided.
Any violation of this chapter shall constitute a petty misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine up to $300 and/or imprisonment of no more than 30 days.