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Section: County shortfall determination

Statute: 13:1E-48.15

a. Upon the submission to the Governor and the Legislature of the comprehensive State regulated medical waste management plan prepared by the departments pursuant to section 13 of this act, the Department of Environmental Protection shall: (1) transmit, by certified mail, a written determination of need to the governing body of each county in this State in which the department has determined that there exists or impends an anticipated regulated medical waste disposal capacity shortfall; and (2) issue, in conjunction with the Board of Public Utilities, appropriate administrative orders providing for the interdistrict or intradistrict flow of regulated medical waste. The administrative orders shall direct the flow of regulated medical waste generated within each county in this State to designated commercial regulated medical waste disposal facilities and, subject to the prior approval of the owner or operator thereof, to designated noncommercial facilities for disposal. b. In the event that appropriate rules and regulations to implement the Federal Act have not been adopted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency prior to the submission to the Governor and the Legislature of the comprehensive State regulated medical waste management plan, the departments may adopt, by rule or regulation, regulated medical waste management requirements to provide for the proper and safe segregation, identification, packaging, storage, labeling, control, monitoring, handling, collection, and disposal of regulated medical waste consistent with those set forth in this act. L. 1989, c. 34, s. 15.

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