Section: Classification and arrangement; effect on construction
The department, in addition to its power to make and enforce codes, rules or regulations promulgated by it, and in furtherance of said power, shall also have the power to:
a. Conduct and supervise research programs for the purpose of determining the causes, effects and hazards of noise.
b. Conduct and supervise Statewide programs of noise control education, including the preparation and distribution of information relating to noise control.
c. Require the registration of persons involved in operations which may result in noise and the filing of reports by them containing information relating to the sources of said noise and such other information as the department shall prescribe. Such registration may be revoked or suspended or renewal withheld, for any violation of this act or of any codes, rules, regulations or orders promulgated hereunder. The department may in accordance with a fee schedule adopted as a rule or regulation establish and charge nonrefundable fees for registration which may be annual or periodic as the department shall determine. The registration fee shall not be less than $10.00 nor more than $250.00 based on criteria contained in the fee schedule.
d. Enter and inspect any building or place, except private residences, for the purpose of investigating an actual or suspected source of noise and ascertaining compliance or noncompliance of any code, rule and regulation of the department. Any information relating to secret processes or methods of manufacture or production obtained in the course of such inspection, investigation or determination shall be kept confidential and shall not be admissible in evidence in any court or in any other proceeding except to the extent herein provided. If tests of any type are made for the purpose of determining whether or not a violation has occurred, or for any other purpose in connection with such entry and inspection, a duplicate of the results of the tests shall be furnished promptly to the person suspected of violating the code, rule or regulation.
e. With the approval of the Governor, cooperate with and receive money from the Federal Government, the State Government or any county or municipal government or from private sources for the study and control of noise.
f. Receive or initiate complaints of noise, hold hearings in connection therewith and institute legal proceedings for the prevention of noise and for the recovery of penalties, in accordance with this act.
L.1971, c. 418, s. 5, eff. Jan. 24, 1972.
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