[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington 10-26-1995 by Ord. No. 26-1995 as Sec. 4-9 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CLEANUP AND REMOVAL COSTS
- All costs associated with a discharge within the boundaries of the Township, which shall include labor and material for the removal of hazardous substances or taking of reasonable measures to prevent or mitigate damages to the public health, safety or welfare of the residents of the Township, including the lands, private and public, therein.
- Any intentional or unintentional action or omission resulting in the release, spill, leak, emission, dump or disposal of hazardous substances into the waters or lands within the Township or outside the Township when damage may result to the waters or lands inside the Township.
- HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE
- All elements and compounds, including petroleum products as set forth within N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11b, as amended, except that sewage and sewage sludge shall be considered hazardous substances for the purpose of this chapter.
- POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE
- Any substance which is, in its production and/or disposal, regulated by any governmental agency for the purpose of protecting health, safety or welfare of citizens from the actual or potential threat imposed by noncompliant production and/or disposal of such substances, and shall specifically include chemical waste, sewage, septage or any other chemical or biological wastes.
- REGULATED VEHICLE
- Any vehicle duly authorized by the Board of Public Utilities or other regulating agency of the State of New Jersey.
- Movement from one location to another by use of a vehicle or container upon public streets or highways.
Any person who shall discharge hazardous substances within the Township shall be strictly liable for all cleanup and removal costs incurred by the Township, or agencies and employees thereof.
Upon assessment of cleanup and removal costs, the person assessed may, within 10 days of receipt of such assessment, make a written request for a hearing before the Township Council exclusively upon the reasonableness of the amount assessed.
The person responsible for the discharge shall be liable for all reasonable attorneys' fees and costs incurred in the collection of cleanup and removal costs.
No person shall transport a potentially dangerous substance through the Township unless transportation is made on a duly regulated vehicle which prominently displays a certificate of approval from an appropriate governmental agency.
No person shall dispose of, dump or place any potentially dangerous substance into any manhole, pipe, sewage line or any other receptacle/field or stream/lot situate within the Township.
The only authorized disposal facility for sewage and septage within the County of Gloucester shall be the Gloucester County Utilities Authority or any other agency authorized by law to accept such substances. Other potentially dangerous substances not authorized to be disposed of at the Gloucester County Utilities Authority shall be disposed of only with the agency authorized by law to dispose of such potentially dangerous substances.