Section: Statutes containing references to certain summary proceedings
a. Notwithstanding the provisions of this or any other act to the contrary, the department may issue a temporary emergency freshwater wetlands permit for a regulated activity if:
(1) An unacceptable threat to life or severe loss of property will occur if an emergency permit is not granted; and
(2) The anticipated threat or loss may occur before a permit can be issued or modified under the procedures otherwise required by this act and other applicable State law.
b. The emergency permit shall incorporate, to the greatest extent practicable and feasible but not inconsistent with the emergency situation, the standards and criteria required for non-emergency regulated activities under this act and shall:
(1) Be limited in duration to the time required to complete the authorized emergency activity, not to exceed 90 days;
(2) Require the restoration of the freshwater wetland within this 90 day period, except that if more than the 90 days from the issuance of the emergency permit is required to complete restoration, the emergency permit may be extended to complete this restoration.
c. The emergency permit may be issued orally or in writing, except that if it is issued orally, a written emergency permit shall be issued within five days thereof.
d. Notice of the issuance of the emergency permit shall be published and public comments received, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Act, and applicable State law, provided that this notification shall be sent no later than 10 days after issuance of the emergency permit.
e. The emergency permit may be terminated at any time without process upon a determination by the department that this action is appropriate to protect human health or the environment.
L. 1987, c. 156, s. 24.
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