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Section: Filing, continuation of foreclosure unaffected.

Statute: 13:1D-127

3. a. Upon identification of a violation of an environmental law which, pursuant to section 5 of this act, is designated as a minor violation, the department or a local government agency, as the case may be, shall issue an order, notice of violation, or other enforcement document to the person responsible for the minor violation which: (1) identifies the condition or activity that constitutes the violation and the specific statute, rule or regulation, or permit condition violated; and (2) notifies the person responsible for the violation that a penalty may be imposed unless the activity or condition constituting the minor violation is corrected and compliance is achieved within the period of time specified in the order, notice of violation, or other enforcement document, as the case may be. b. In each order, notice of violation, or other enforcement document issued pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the department or local government agency, as the case may be, shall provide the person responsible for the minor violation a period of time to correct that violation and achieve compliance. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations establishing the period of time within which each type or category of minor violation shall be corrected and compliance achieved. The periods of time established for correction and compliance pursuant to this subsection shall be no less than 30 days or more than 90 days, based upon the nature and extent of the minor violation and a reasonable estimate of the time necessary to achieve compliance; provided, however, the department may establish a special type or category of minor violation which for public health and safety reasons shall be corrected and compliance achieved in a period of less than 30 days. The department or local government agency, as the case may be, may extend for an additional period of time not to exceed 90 days, in its discretion, the period of time set forth in the order, notice of violation, or other enforcement document within which the minor violation is to be corrected and compliance achieved. If compliance is not achieved during that period due to a lack of required action by the department or a local government agency, then the compliance period shall be tolled until the department or local government agency takes such required action. c. If a person responsible for a minor violation corrects that violation and achieves compliance within the period of time specified in the order, notice of violation, or other enforcement document issued pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the department or the local government agency, as the case may be, shall not impose a penalty for that violation. The department or local government agency, as the case may be, may require the person responsible for correcting a minor violation or achieving compliance to submit a written certification, or other documentation, to verify that compliance has been achieved. d. Nothing in this act shall be construed to limit the authority of the department or a local government agency to seek damages or injunctive relief, to initiate or proceed with a criminal investigation or prosecution, or to obtain any other appropriate relief that may be available. L.1995,c.296,s.3.

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