10. a. The commission shall prepare and adopt, within 1 year of the effective date of this act, a Major Hazardous Waste Facilities Plan. This plan shall be revised and updated every 3 years, or more frequently when, in the discretion of the commission, changes in existing hazardous waste facilities, the amount or type of hazardous waste generated in this State, or technological advances so require.
b. The plan shall include, but need not be limited to:
(1) An inventory and appraisal, including the identity, location and life expectancy, of all hazardous waste facilities located within the State, and the identity of every person engaging in hazardous waste collection, treatment, storage or disposal within the State;
(2) A current inventory of the sources, composition and quantity of the hazardous waste generated within the State;
(3) Projections of the amounts and composition of hazardous waste to be generated within the State in each of the next 3 years;
(4) A determination of the number and type of new major hazardous waste facilities needed to treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste in this State;
(5) An analysis of the ability of all existing facilities to meet current and proposed State and federal environmental, health and safety standards and their performance in meeting these standards;
(6) An analysis of transportation routes and transportation costs from hazardous waste generators to existing or available suitable sites for major hazardous waste facilities;
(7) Procedures to encourage codisposal of solid and hazardous waste, source reduction, materials recovery, energy recovery, waste exchanging and recycling and to discourage all inappropriate disposal techniques, and to minimize the amount of hazardous waste to be treated, stored or disposed of in this State; and
(8) A regional analysis of existing and necessary major hazardous waste facilities and recommended procedures for coordinating major hazardous waste facilities planning on a regional basis.
c. The provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), or any other law to the contrary notwithstanding, the commission shall prepare and adopt the plan as follows:
(1) Within 6 months of the effective date of this act, the commission shall prepare and make available to all interested persons a proposed plan;
(2) Within 8 months of the effective date of this act, the commission shall conduct public hearings in the several geographic areas of the State on the proposed plan. Notice of these hearings shall be published at least 30 days in advance thereof in at least two newspapers circulating in the specific geographic area where the hearing will be held;
(3) Within 1 year of the effective date of this act, the commission shall consider any comments made at the public hearings, make such revisions to the proposed plan as it deems necessary or appropriate, and adopt the plan.
d. Within 90 days of the effective date of this act, the commission shall, in consultation with the department, establish a public information program which addresses:
(1) The nature and dimension of the hazardous waste problem;
(2) The need for the proper and expeditious siting of new major hazardous waste facilities;
(3) The respective responsibilities of the commission and department pursuant to this act; and
(4) The necessity and opportunities for public participation as provided herein.
e. In preparing or revising the plan pursuant to this section, the commission may direct that the department provide or prepare any data or other information which the commission deems necessary for the performance of its responsibilities pursuant to this act.
L.1981, c.279, s.10; amended 2007, c.39, s.22.
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