Township of Pequannock, NJ
Morris County
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This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Air Pollution Control Ordinance of the Township of Pequannock."
It is hereby found that pollution of the air presents a menace to the health, welfare and comfort of the residents of the Township of Pequannock and a cause of substantial damage to property located within the Township. In order to prevent and reduce to some degree pollution of the atmosphere, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Township of Pequannock to minimize such pollution as is hereinafter defined and to set forth and establish standards governing the installation, maintenance and operation of equipment and appurtenances which relate to combustion, which the Township regards to be a potential source of air pollution.
Unless specifically defined otherwise from the context, the words or phrases used in this chapter shall have the respective meanings assigned to them hereunder:
AIR CONTAMINANT
Solid particles, liquid particles, vapors or gases which are discharged into the outdoor atmosphere.
AIR POLLUTION
The presence in the outdoor atmosphere of one or more air contaminants in such quantities and duration as are or tend to be injurious to human health or welfare, animal or plant life or property or would unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life or property.
ASBESTOS
Actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite.
DIRECT HEAT EXCHANGER
Equipment in which heat from the combustion of fuel is transferred to a substance being heated so that the latter contacted by the products of combustion and may contribute to the total effluent.
DIRECTOR OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROL or DIRECTOR
The person or persons who are authorized by this chapter to exercise the powers prescribed by this chapter.
ECONOMIC POISONS
Those chemicals used as insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, nematocides or defoliants.
FRIABLE MATERIAL
Any material which can be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure.
FUEL
Solid, liquid or gaseous materials used to produce useful heat by burning.
GARBAGE
Animal waste or vegetable matter from houses, kitchens, restaurants, hotels, produce markets or any other source of food of any kind to be thrown away.
INCINERATOR
Any device, apparatus, equipment or structure used for destroying, reducing or salvaging by fire any material or substance, including but not limited to refuse, garbage, trade waste, debris or scrap; or a facility for cremating human or animal remains.
INDIRECT HEAT EXCHANGER
Equipment in which heat from the combustion of fuel is transferred by conduction through a heat-conducting material to a substance being heated, so that the latter is not contacted by and adds nothing to the products of combustion.
INTERNAL CROSS-SECTIONAL DIMENSION
Any maximum linear perpendicular distance from an inside wall of a stack or chimney to the inside of an opposite wall, such as the diameter for a circular cross-section or the length or width of a rectangular cross section.
LIQUID PARTICLES
Particles which have volume but are not of rigid shape and which, upon collection, tend to coalesce and create uniform homogeneous films upon the surface of the collecting media.
MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Any action, operation or treatment embracing chemical, industrial, manufacturing or processing factor, methods or forms, including but not limited to furnaces, kettles, ovens, converters, cupolas, kilns, crucibles, stills, dryers, roasters crushers, grinders, mixers, reactors, regenerators, separators, filters, reboilers, columns, classifiers screens, quenchers, cookers, digesters, towers, washers, scrubbers, mills, condensers or absorbers.
MOTOR VEHICLES
Includes all vehicles propelled otherwise than by muscular power, except such vehicles as run only upon rails or tracks.
ODOR
The property of a substance which affects the sense of smell.
OPACITY
The property of a substance which renders it partially or wholly obstructive to the transmission of visible light expressed as the percentage to which the light is obstructed.
OPEN BURNING
Any fire wherein the products of combustion are emitted into the open air and are not directed thereto through a stack or chimney of an incinerator.
OPERATOR
Any person who has care, custody or control of a building or premises, or a portion thereof, whether with or without knowledge of the owner thereof.
OUTDOOR ATMOSPHERE
Air space outside of buildings, stacks or exterior ducts.
OWNER
Any person who, alone or jointly or severally with others, shall have legal or equitable title to any premises, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof; or shall have charge or control of any dwelling or dwelling unit, as owner or agent of the owner, or a fiduciary, including but not limited to executrix, administrator, administratrix, trustee, receiver or guardian of the estate; or as a mortgagee in possession, regardless of how such possession was obtained. Any person who is a lessee subletting or reassigning any part or all of any dwelling or dwelling unit shall be deemed to be a co-owner with the lessor and shall have a joint responsibility over the portion or the premises sublet or assigned by said lessee.
PARTICLES
Any material, except uncombined water, which exists in finely divided form as liquid particles or solid particles at standard conditions.
PERSON
Includes corporations, companies, associations, societies, firms, partnerships and joint-stock companies as well as individuals, and shall also include all political subdivisions of this state or any agencies or instrumentalities thereof.
PLANT LIFE
Vegetation, including but not limited to trees, tree branches, leaves, yard trimmings, shrubbery, grass, weeds, and crops.
REFUSE
Rubbish, garbage, trade waste and plant life.
RINGELMANN SMOKE CHART
Ringelmann's Scale for Grading the Density of Smoke, as published by the United States Bureau of Mines, or any chart, recorder, indicator or device which is approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as the equivalent of said Ringelmann's Scale for the measurement of smoke density.
RUBBISH
Waste solids not considered to be highly flammable or explosive, including but not limited to rags, old clothes, leather, rubber, carpets, wood, excelsior, papers, ashes, furniture, tin cans, glass, crockery, masonry and other similar materials.
SALVAGE OPERATION
Any operation or activity from which is salvaged or reclaimed any product or material, including but not limited to metals, chemicals, or shipping containers.
SMOKE
Small gas borne or airborne particles, exclusive of water vapor, arising from a process of combustion in sufficient number to be observable.
SOLID PARTICLES
Particles of rigid shape and definite volume.
SOURCE OPERATION
Any manufacturing process or any identifiable part thereof emitting an air contaminant into the outdoor atmosphere through one or more stacks or chimneys.
STACK or CHIMNEY
A flue, conduit or opening designed and constructed for the purpose of emitting air contaminants into the outdoor air.
STANDARD CONDITIONS
70° F. and one atmosphere pressure [14.7 psia or 760 millimeters mercury].
TRADE WASTE
All waste solid or liquid material or rubbish resulting from construction, building operations, or the prosecution of any business, trade or industry, including but not limited to plastic products, cartons, paint, grease, oil and other petroleum products, chemicals, cinders and other forms of solid or liquid waste material.
VISIBLE SMOKE
Smoke which obscures light to a degree readily discernible by visible observation.
A. 
Air pollution. No person or owner of property, or person or persons having possession or control thereof shall cause, suffer, allow or permit to be emitted into the open air substances in such quantities as shall result in air pollution. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the use of economic poisons.
B. 
Open burning. No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit a salvage operation by open burning. No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the disposal of rubbish, garbage or trade waste, or buildings or structures, by open burning. No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit the disposal of any type of plant life by open burning. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to:
(1) 
Variances approved and issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:27-2.
(2) 
Open burning of refuse for training or research exercises when conducted at a permanent facility or training center designed to be used solely for such purposes on a continuing basis.
C. 
Smoke from combustion of fuel.
(1) 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow, or permit smoke to be emitted into the outdoor air from combustion of fuel in any stationary indirect heat exchanger, except as hereinafter provided.
(2) 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit smoke, the shade or appearance of which is darker than No. 1 on the Ringelmann Smoke Chart, or greater that 20% opacity, exclusive of water vapor, to be emitted into the outdoor air from the combustion of fuel in any stationary indirect heat exchanger having a rated hourly capacity of 200 million British thermal units or greater gross heat input, and discharging through a stack or chimney having all internal cross-sectional dimensions of 60 inches or greater.
(3) 
The provisions of this Subsection C shall not apply to smoke which is visible for a period of not longer than three minutes on a consecutive thirty-minute period, nor shall they apply to direct heat exchanger or manufacturing processes or any motor vehicle operating on the public highways.
(4) 
Any person responsible for the construction, installation, alteration or use of an indirect heat exchanger shall, when requested by the Director, provide the facilities and necessary equipment for determining the density or opacity of smoke being discharged into the open air.
A. 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit particles to be emitted from any stack or chimney into the outdoor air the shade or appearance of which is greater than 20% opacity, exclusive of water vapor.
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply:
(1) 
To particles the shade or appearance of which is greater than 20% opacity, exclusive of water vapor, for a period of not longer than three minutes in any consecutive thirty-minute period.
(2) 
To source operations issued a variance by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in accordance with Subchapter 6.5 of the New Jersey Administrative Code.
(3) 
To indirect heat exchangers.
(4) 
To incinerators.
A. 
Except as herein provided, persons burning solid or liquid fuel whose products of combustion are discharge into the open air from a stack or chimney shall submit to the Director information for each such stack or chimney relating to place, type of fuel burned, heat content in fuel burned, quantity of fuel burned per hour and/or year, description of combustion equipment, usual period of operation, height and size of outlet and description of air pollution control equipment, and such other and pertinent information as may be requested, on forms provided for that purpose by the Director. The application forms shall also require submission of name, address and telephone number of the person or persons responsible for day-to-day operation and, also, of the person or persons responsible for maintenance of any such equipment. Any change in the name, address or telephone number of such person or persons shall be reported within 10 days of the occurrence of such change to the Director.
B. 
Such information shall be submitted to the Director within 90 days after either new installations are placed into service or existing installations are altered. Nothing herein shall be construed as relieving any person from the requirements of the Building Ordinance of the Township of Pequannock. Additional reports concerning these items may be requested by the Director.
C. 
The provisions of 39.07 shall not apply to equipment designed or used for a heat input rate not more than 1,000,000 British thermal units (Btu's) per hour unless the equipment is designed for or actually using No. 4, 5 or No. 6 fuel oil or coal.
A. 
Permits.
(1) 
No person shall operate or permit the operation of an incinerator in the Township of Pequannock without a permit issued by the Director in accordance with this chapter.
(2) 
The Director shall issue a permit for the operation of an incinerator after examining the application and inspecting the facility and being satisfied that it may be operated in accordance with this chapter.
(3) 
Said permit may be conditioned on improvements being made within prescribed time or on certain operating restrictions, if necessary, to comply with this chapter.
(4) 
All permits shall be issued by the Health Officer and shall expire September 15 following their issuance, or at such time prior thereto as any conditions or restrictions shall not be complied with.
(5) 
Each incinerator shall require a permit for which the annual fee shall be $25, payable to the Township of Pequannock Health Department.
B. 
No person shall operate or permit the operation of an incinerator in the Township of Pequannock for a period of time more than eight hours per day, five days a week, said time of operation shall be such time as in the judgement of the Director of Air Pollution Control shall cause the least inconvenience to surrounding residents.
Startup time shall not occur before 7:00 a.m. and complete shut-down shall occur no later than 3:00 p.m., with the last charge occurring so that there will be no emissions occurring after shutdown, including complete extinction of the fire and removal of materials from the firebox to a noncombustible container and in safe manner.
The Director may, by special permit, because of exceptional circumstances, permit different hours of operation under such conditions as he shall deem necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the public or of persons in the vicinity.
C. 
Where the operation of an incinerator constitutes an immediate and substantial menace to public health and safety, or is a substantial source of air pollution causing irritation and discomfort to persons in the vicinity, and the owner or operator fails upon written or oral notice to take immediate corrective measures, the Director may take all necessary measures to abate the condition, including but not limited to ordering the cessation of use of the equipment and sealing the same, pending a hearing in the Municipal Court.
D. 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit smoke from any incinerator the shade or appearance of which is darker than No. 1 of the Ringelmann Smoke Chart to be emitted into the open air; or emissions of such opacity within a stack or chimney, or exclusive of water vapor, of such opacity leaving a stack or chimney to a degree greater than the emission designated as No. 1 of the Ringelmann Smoke Chart.
E. 
The provisions of Subsection D of this section shall not apply to smoke emitted during the building of a new fire, the shade or appearance of which is not greater than No. 2 of the Ringelmann Smoke Chart for a period of three consecutive minutes; or emissions of such opacity within a stack or chimney, or exclusive of water vapor, or such opacity leaving a stack or chimney to a degree greater than the emission designated as No. 2 of the Ringelmann Smoke Chart, for a period no greater than three consecutive minutes.
F. 
No person shall cause suffer, allow or permit the emission of particles of unburned waste or ash from any incinerator which are individually large enough to be visible while suspended in the atmosphere.
G. 
No person shall construct, install, use, or cause to be used any incinerator which will result in odors being detectable by sense of smell in any area human use or occupancy.
A. 
No person shall cause, suffer, allow or permit surface coating by spraying on any building, structure, facility, installation or internal or external portion thereof, asbestos or friable material containing in excess of 0.25% (by weight) asbestos.
B. 
Testing.
(1) 
Any person responsible for the manufacture, application or use of any coating, which the Director, or any agent thereof, has reason to believe contains asbestos shall, when requested by the Director, conduct such tests as are necessary, in the opinion of the Director, to determine the presence and the amount and/or kinds of asbestos in the coating. Such tests shall be conducted in a manner approved by the Director and shall be made at the expense of the person responsible.
(2) 
The Director may waive the testing requirements of Subsection B(1) of this section upon receipt of a materials specification report from the material manufacturer certifying that the asbestos content of the surface coating for which testing is required complies with the provisions of Subsection A of this section.
The Health Officer of the Township of Pequannock shall, in addition to his other duties, enforce and administer the provisions of this chapter and, in exercising his powers and duties hereunder, shall be known as the "Director of Air Pollution Control."
A. 
Emergency inspections may be authorized without warrant if the Director has reason to believe that a condition exists which poses an immediate threat to life, health or safety. Such procedure shall only take place where the time taken to apply for and secure the issuance of a warrant would render ineffective the immediate action necessary to abate the condition.
B. 
Emergency inspections may also be authorized by the Governor in times of air pollution emergencies in accordance with N.J.S.A. 26:2C-32.
C. 
Where the Director or his agent is refused entry or access, or is otherwise impeded or prevented by the owner, occupant or operator from conducting an inspection of the premises, such person shall be in violation this chapter and subject to the penalties hereunder.
D. 
Search warrant.
(1) 
The Director may, upon affidavit, apply to the Judge of the Township of Pequannock for a search warrant setting forth factually the actual conditions and circumstances that provide a reasonable basis for believing that a violation of the chapter may exist on the premises, including one or more of the following:
(i) 
That the premises requires inspection according to the cycle established by the Township for periodic inspections of the premises of the type involved.
(ii) 
That observation of external conditions (smoke, ash, soot, odors) of the premises and its public areas has resulted in the belief that violations of this chapter exist.
(iii) 
Circumstances such as age and design of fuel-burning equipment and/or the system, type of incinerator, particular use of the premises or other factors which render systematic inspections of such buildings necessary in the interest of public health and safety.
(2) 
If the Judge of the Township of Pequannock is satisfied as to the matter set forth in said affidavit, he shall authorize the issuance of a search warrant permitting access to and inspection of that part of the premises on which the nuisance or violation may exist.
E. 
All buildings and premises subject to this chapter are subject to inspection from time to time by the Director of Air Pollution Control or his duly authorized representatives. All rooms and areas in the building shall be available and accessible for such inspection, which shall be made during usual business hours if the premises are used for nonresidential purposes; provided, however, that inspections may be made at other times if the premises are not available during the foregoing hours for inspection; there is reason to believe that violations are occurring on the premises which can be determined and proved by inspection only during other than the prescribed hours; or there is reason to believe a violation exists of a character which is an immediate threat to health or safety requiring inspection and abatement without delay.
A. 
This chapter is to be liberally construed to effectuate the purpose herein described. Nothing herein is to be construed as repealing or abridging the emergency powers of any agency of government except to the extent expressly set forth herein.
B. 
This chapter is promulgated and adopted in accordance with N.J.S.A. 26:2C-8, P.L. 1954, c. 212 (N.J.S.A. 26:2C-1 to 2C-23), amended by P.L. 1962, c 215; P.L. 1967. c. 105; and P.L. 1967, c. 106; and nothing contained herein, or any action taken hereunder is to be interpreted as being in conflict with the New Jersey Air Pollution Control Act and the New Jersey Administrative Code.