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Section: Sanitary Landfill Closure and Rate Relief Fund

Statute: 13:1E-171

a. The "Sanitary Landfill Closure and Rate Relief Fund" (hereinafter referred to as the "fund") is established as a special account in the Department of Environmental Protection. The fund shall be administered by the department, and shall be the depository of all monies appropriated to the fund by the Legislature pursuant to section 9 of this act or any subsequent act for the purpose of making State grants or loans to local government units to defray costs of increases in landfill disposal tipping fees specifically required for closure and to finance the closure of sanitary landfill facilities. Monies in the fund are specifically dedicated to making grants or loans to local government units for eligible closure projects as provided in section 5 of this act, and shall not be expended except in accordance with appropriations from the fund made pursuant to law. An act appropriating monies from the fund shall identify the particular project or projects to be funded, and shall specify the terms and conditions of each grant or loan. b. Project grants shall be for the local government unit's portion of the closure costs, and grants shall be made only for projects which meet the eligibility requirements set forth in section 5 of this act. c. The interest rate on loans made to local government units from the fund shall not exceed 50% of the average interest rate of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index for bonds available for purchase during the last 26 weeks preceding the date of the approval of the loan by the department. All principal and interest payments on loans made from the fund shall be repaid by the local government units into the fund and shall be deposited into the fund in accordance with the terms of a written loan agreement. The terms of the loan agreement shall be approved by the State Treasurer. d. When a federal agency pays part of the cost of a project, the cost of the project shall be computed after deducting the federal contribution. L. 1985, c. 368, s. 3, eff. Nov. 12, 1985. Amended by L. 1985, c. 369, s. 1, eff. Nov. 12, 1985.

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