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Statute: 13:9B-23

23. a. The department shall consider for adoption as general permits, to the extent practicable and feasible, and to the extent that this adoption is consistent to the maximum extent practicable and feasible with the provisions of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.), all applicable Nationwide Permits which were approved under the Federal Act as of November 13, 1986 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. b. The department shall issue a general permit for an activity in a freshwater wetland which is not a surface water tributary system discharging into an inland lake or pond, or a river or stream, and which would not result in the loss or substantial modification of more than one acre of freshwater wetland, provided that this activity will not take place in a freshwater wetland of exceptional resource value. The department shall issue a general permit for a regulated activity in a freshwater wetland located in an area considered a headwater pursuant to the Federal Act if the regulated activity would not result in the loss or substantial modification of more than one acre of a swale or a man-made drainage ditch. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any wetlands designated as priority wetlands by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. c. The department shall issue additional general permits on a Statewide or regional basis for the following categories of activities, if the department determines, after conducting an environmental analysis and providing public notice and opportunity for a public hearing, that the activities will cause only minimal adverse environmental impacts when performed separately, will have only minimal cumulative adverse impacts on the environment, will cause only minor impacts on freshwater wetlands, will be in conformance with the purposes of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.), and will not violate any provision of the Federal Act: (1) Maintenance, reconstruction, or repair of roads or public utilities lawfully existing prior to the effective date of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.) or permitted under P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.), provided that such activities do not result in disturbance of additional wetlands upon completion of the activity; (2) Maintenance or repair of active irrigation or drainage ditches lawfully existing prior to the effective date of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.) or permitted under P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.), provided that such activities do not result in disturbance of additional freshwater wetlands upon completion of the activity; (3) Appurtenant improvements or additions to residential dwellings lawfully existing prior to the effective date of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.), provided that the improvements or additions require less than a cumulative surface area of 750 square feet of fill and will not result in new alterations to a freshwater wetland outside of the fill area; (4) Mosquito management activities determined to be consistent with best mosquito control and freshwater wetlands management practices and for which all appropriate actions to minimize adverse environmental effects have been or shall be taken. Notwithstanding any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, if the department requires public notice to be given prior to the undertaking of mosquito management activities pursuant to a general permit, a permittee that is a county or municipality or county or municipal entity shall be given the option of complying with that requirement by publication of a display advertisement of at least four column inches in size in at least one newspaper of local circulation and one of regional circulation within the county or municipality; (5) Activities, as determined by the department, which will have no significant adverse environmental impact on freshwater wetlands, provided that the issuance of a general permit for any such activities is consistent with the provisions of the Federal Act and has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; (6) Regulated activities which have received individual or general permit approval or a finding of no jurisdiction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to the Federal Act, and which have received a grant waiver pursuant to the "National Environmental Policy Act of 1969" (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); provided, that upon the expiration of a permit any application for a renewal or modification thereof shall be made to the department; (7) State or federally funded roads planned and developed in accordance with the "National Environmental Policy Act of 1969" and the Federal Act, and with Executive Order Number 53, approved October 5, 1973 and for which application has been made prior to the effective date of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.) to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for an individual or general permit under the Federal Act; provided that upon expiration of a permit any application for a renewal or modification thereof shall be made to the department, and, provided, further, that the department shall not require transition areas as a condition of the renewal or modification of the permit; (8) Maintenance and repair of stormwater management facilities lawfully constructed prior to the effective date of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.) or permitted under P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.), provided that these activities do not result in disturbance of additional freshwater wetlands upon completion of the activity; (9) Maintenance, reconstruction, or repair of buildings or structures lawfully existing prior to the effective date of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.) or permitted under P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.), provided that these activities do not result in disturbance of additional freshwater wetlands upon completion of the activity. d. The department may, on the basis of findings with respect to a specific application, modify a general permit issued pursuant to this section by adding special conditions. The department may rescind a general permit and require an application for an individual permit if the commissioner finds that additional permit conditions would not be sufficient and that special circumstances make this action necessary to insure compliance with P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.) or the Federal Act. e. The department shall review general permits adopted or authorized pursuant to subsection c. every five years, which review shall include public notice and opportunity for public hearing. Upon this review the department shall either modify, reissue or revoke a general permit. If a general permit is not modified or reissued within five years of publication in the New Jersey Register, it shall automatically expire. f. The date of publication of the general permits authorized by subsections a. and b. of this section shall be the effective date of P.L.1987, c.156 (C.13:9B-1 et seq.). g. A person proposing to engage in an activity covered by a general permit shall provide written notice to the department containing a description of the proposed activity at least 30 working days prior to commencement of work. The department, within 30 days of receipt of this notification, shall notify the person proposing to engage in the activity covered by a general permit as to whether an individual permit is required for the activity. L.1987,c.156,s.23; amended L.1995,c.259,s.34.

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