Section: Interim regulation
a. Prior to the adoption of any rules or regulations pursuant to section 4 of this act, or the implementation of the comprehensive State regulated medical waste management plan prepared by the departments pursuant to section 13 of this act, or the implementation of any other provisions of this act, the manifesting, tracking, identification, packaging, storage, control, monitoring, handling, collection, management and disposal of regulated medical waste in this State shall be governed in all respects by the rules and regulations heretofore adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to the provisions of the "Solid Waste Management Act," P.L. 1970, c. 39 (C. 13:1E-1 et seq.). All rules and regulations heretofore adopted by the department relating to regulated medical waste shall continue in full force and effect and be enforceable by the department, subject to its power as provided by this act to amend or repeal the same, except that on and after the effective date of this act all generators, without regard to the quantity of regulated medical waste generated per month, shall be subject to the manifesting requirements of these rules and regulations.
b. Within 30 days of the adoption by the United States Environmental Protection Agency of rules and regulations to implement the Federal Act, the Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Health, shall adopt, without regard to the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," rules and regulations identical to, and as required by, the rules and regulations adopted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Act. The rules and regulations adopted by the departments pursuant to this subsection shall require all generators, without regard to the quantity of regulated medical waste generated per month, to comply with the regulated medical waste manifesting requirements included in these rules and regulations.
L. 1989, c. 34, s. 5.
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