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Title: WATERS AND WATER SUPPLY
Section: Remediation Guarantee Fund.
45. a. There is created in the Department of Environmental Protection a special, revolving fund to be known as the Remediation Guarantee Fund. The fund shall be credited with all remediation funding source surcharges imposed pursuant to section 33 of P.L.1993, c.139 (C.58:10B-11), all moneys appropriated to it by law, all moneys collected in subrogation actions to recover moneys expended from the fund, and all moneys earned from the investment of the moneys in the fund. b. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2009, c.60) c. (1) Moneys in the fund shall be used by the Department of Environmental Protection to remediate, or contract for the remediation of, any real property for which a person was required to establish a remediation funding source pursuant to section 25 of P.L.1993, c.139 (C.58:10B-3) and where that person fails to conduct or properly conduct that remediation. (2) Moneys in the fund may be disbursed by the department as technical assistance grants to nonprofit organizations to evaluate remediation methods and monitor site conditions at specific sites of public concern in the local community in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the department. d. Any moneys expended by the department from the fund pursuant to this section shall constitute a debt of (1) the person required to establish the remediation funding source who fails to conduct or properly conduct a remediation and funds are expended pursuant to subsection c. of this section, and (2) against the discharger. The debt shall constitute a lien on all property owned by the person required to establish the remediation funding source and against the discharger to the same extent and in the same manner as provided for liens in subsection f. of section 7 of P.L.1976, c.141 (C.58:10-23.11f). e. Whenever the department expends moneys from the fund for a remediation, it shall have a cause of action to recover from the person required to establish the remediation funding source or from any other person liable for the discharge pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1976, c.141 (C.58:10-23.11g) triple the amount of moneys expended for the remediation. f. Moneys in the fund may be appropriated to pay for the costs to administer the fund except that those appropriations may not exceed the amount of moneys deposited into the fund earned from the investment of moneys in the fund. L.1993, c.139, s.45; amended 2009, c.60, s.51.
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