Section: County court intake services
a. Upon his appointment, the conservator shall become vested with the title of all the property of the former or suspended registrant relating to the major hazardous waste facility, subject to any and all valid liens, claims, and encumbrances. The conservator shall have the duty to conserve and preserve the assets so acquired to the end that such assets shall continue to be operated on a sound and businesslike basis.
b. Subject to the general supervision of the commission and pursuant to any specific order it may deem appropriate, a conservator shall have power to:
(1) Take into his possession all the property of the former or suspended registrant relating to the major hazardous waste facility, including its books, records and papers;
(2) Institute and defend actions by or on behalf of the former or suspended registrant;
(3) Settle or compromise with any debtor or creditor of the former or suspended registrant, including any taxing authority;
(4) Continue the business of the former or suspended registrant and to that end enter into contracts, borrow money and pledge, mortgage or otherwise encumber the property of the former or suspended registrant as security for the repayment of the conservator's loans; except that such power shall be subject to any provisions and restrictions in any existing credit documents;
(5) Hire, fire and discipline employees;
(6) Reach agreements with the department for the cleanup or removal of any discharge of a hazardous substance, or make any payment for any direct or indirect damage claim pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1976, c. 141 (C. 58:10-23.11 et seq.).
c. Except during the pendency of a suspension or during the pendency of any appeal from any action or event set forth in section 21 of this act which precipitated the conservatorship or in instances in which the commission finds that the interests of justice so require, the conservator, subject to the prior approval of and in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the commission and after appropriate prior consultation with the former registrant as to the reasonableness of such terms and conditions, shall endeavor to and be authorized to sell, assign, convey or otherwise dispose of in bulk, subject to any and all valid liens, claims, and encumbrances, all the property of a former registrant relating to the major hazardous waste facility only upon prior written notice to all creditors and other parties in interest and only to such persons who shall qualify as a major hazardous waste facility owner or operator pursuant to the provisions of this act and any rules and regulations adopted pursuant hereto. Prior to any such sale, the former registrant shall be granted, upon request, a summary review by the commission of such proposed sale.
d. The commission may direct that the conservator, for an indefinite period of time, retain the property and continue the business of the former or suspended registrant relating to the major hazardous waste facility. During such period of time or any period of operation by the conservator, he shall pay when due, without in any way being personally liable, all secured obligations and shall not be immune from foreclosure or other legal proceedings to collect the secured debt, nor with respect thereto shall the conservator have any legal rights, claims, or defenses other than those which would have been available to the former or suspended registrant.
L.1981, c. 279, s. 22, eff. Sept. 10, 1981.
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