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Section: Eligibility for grants, loans

Statute: 13:1E-173

a. The commissioner shall apply the criteria set forth in this section in determining the eligibility of owners and operators of sanitary landfill facilities for grants or loans to pay the closure costs of landfill closure projects. No owner or operator of a sanitary landfill facility shall be eligible for a grant or loan under this act prior to the submission for approval to the department of a financial plan for closure as required by section 8 of this act. b. Where the Board of Public Utilities has issued an order increasing the rates and charges for solid waste disposal on the relevant tariff filed with and approved by the board for the solid waste disposal operations of a sanitary landfill facility and where this increase, or a portion thereof, is allocated specifically in the tariff for the closure costs of the sanitary landfill facility, and where the facility has accepted for final disposal out-of-State solid waste prior to October 1, 1984, any local government unit which is required to pay a portion of the closure costs through payment of rates or charges for disposal of solid waste at the facility shall be eligible to apply for a grant for the payment of a portion of the closure costs, to the extent that the closure costs would have been borne by the out-of-State solid waste generators who had previously, but no longer, utilized the facility. c. Where the Board of Public Utilities has issued an order increasing the rates and charges for solid waste disposal on the relevant tariff filed with and approved by the board for the solid waste disposal operations of a sanitary landfill facility and where this increase, or a portion thereof, is specifically allocated in the tariff for the closure costs of the facility, any local government unit which is required to pay any portion of the closure costs through the payment of rates or charges for disposal of solid waste at the facility shall be eligible to apply for a loan for the payment of a portion of the closure costs. d. Upon the final approval by the Board of Public Utilities of increases in the solid waste disposal tariff with respect to a sanitary landfill facility, as set forth in this section, the board shall file with the department a copy of the order increasing the solid waste tariff, including the projected amounts thereof specifically allocated for closure costs to be generated from local government units required to pay a portion of the closure costs through the payment of rates or charges for the disposal of solid waste at the sanitary landfill facility and the proportionate amounts thereof specifically allocated for closure costs which would have been generated from the out-of-State solid waste generators who had previously, but no longer, utilized the facility. e. Where the Board of Public Utilities has not issued an order increasing the rates or charges for solid waste disposal on the relevant tariff with respect to solid waste disposal operations of a sanitary landfill facility, or, where the Board of Public Utilities does not exercise rate setting jurisdiction or has denied a request for an order increasing the rates or charges for solid waste disposal on the relevant tariff with respect to solid waste disposal operations of a sanitary landfill facility, any owner or operator thereof shall be eligible to apply for a loan to pay closure costs of the sanitary landfill facility, if the commissioner determines that funds currently available in the escrow account established for the facility pursuant to P.L. 1981, c. 306 (C. 13:1E-100 et seq.), or otherwise legally available from the owner or operator thereof, are inadequate to cover the required closure costs for the sanitary landfill facility. L. 1985, c. 368, s. 5, eff. Nov. 12, 1985.

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