• Views: in the last
  • 13Week
  • 7Month
  • 118Total


  • NJ A1954
  • Makes changes to funding provisions for financial assistance and grants from Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(12/5/2016)
Crossed Over
(11/21/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would make changes to the laws governing financial assistance and grants for the remediation of contaminated sites from the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund. The bill would eliminate the availability of grants and loans to persons who would otherwise not be eligible for assistance but who remediate a site using innovative technology, who remediate to an unrestricted use or limited restricted use standard, who voluntarily perform a remediation, or who perform a remediation in an environmental opportunity zone. The bill establishes limitations on grants to municipalities, counties, and redevelopment entities for projects in brownfield development areas. In those areas and to those government entities, the bill authorizes grants of up to 75 percent of the total costs of the remedial action and no more than $750,000 at any one site for remedial action. Further, the bill reduces the additional amount over the annual cap on financial assistance and grants otherwise in effect, which may be awarded in any one year to those government entities for projects in brownfield development areas, from $2,000,000 to $1,000,000. The bill also reduces the cumulative total amount of matching grants that may be awarded to municipalities, counties, and redevelopment entities for projects involving the redevelopment of property for recreation and conservation purposes from $5,000,000 to $500,000, and reduces the maximum grant for an individual project in that category from 75 percent to 50 percent of the costs of remedial action. The bill removes language in current law that allows grants to municipalities, counties, and redevelopment entities for projects involving the redevelopment of property for recreation and conservation purposes, or for affordable housing, even if the public entity does not own the property. The bill reduces the cumulative annual cap on the maximum amount of financial assistance and grants that may be issued to a person from $1,000,000 to $500,000, and to municipalities, counties, and redevelopment entities from $3,000,000 to $2,000,000 except for projects in brownfield development areas as noted above. The bill imposes a cap of $750,000 on grants to a municipality, county, or redevelopment entity at any one site. The bill changes the priority for the award of financial assistance or grants from the remediation fund to provide first priority to sites on which there has been a discharge and the discharge poses an imminent and significant threat to a drinking water source, to human health, or to a sensitive or significant ecological area; second priority to sites that are owned by a municipality in a brownfield development area where the developer is a public entity; and third priority to sites in areas designated as Planning Area 1 (Metropolitan) and Planning Area 2 (Suburban) pursuant to the "State Planning Act." This priority would only apply to monies allocated pursuant to paragraph (6) of subsection a. of section 28 of P.L.1993, c.139 (C.58:10B-6). The bill requires the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to adopt criteria, which must be met by a municipality, county, or redevelopment entity that applies for a grant, that the subject real property will be developed within a three-year period from completion of the remediation. In addition to any other caps or limitations in the law, the bill establishes additional limitations on financial assistance and grants. For a preliminary assessment and site investigation, the EDA may award for a site with soil contamination only, up to 100% of the costs up to a total amount of $30,000, and for any other site, the EDA may award up to a total amount of $75,000. For a remedial investigation, the EDA may award for a site with soil contamination only, up to 100% of the costs up to a total amount of $100,000, and for any other site, up to a total amount of $250,000. The bill also provides that an award of financial assistance or a grant for a preliminary assessment or site investigation of a contaminated site must be expended within two years after the date of the award, and an award of financial assistance or a grant for a remedial investigation of a contaminated site must be expended within three years after the date of the award. If the financial assistance or grant is not expended within the time limits provided, the award would be cancelled. Finally, the bill repeals section 8 of P.L.2005, c.223 (C.58:10B-25.2), which provides for a lien on property for which grant monies are expended by a municipality, county or redevelopment entity that does not have an ownership interest in the property. The section is no longer necessary as the authority to so expend grant monies would no longer be authorized under the bill.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Environment and Energy, Environment and Solid Waste, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee  (on 12/5/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
12/5/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
11/21/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (72-0-0)
10/27/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
10/27/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 10/27/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
6/6/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/6/2016 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Hearing (14:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 11/21/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 72 0 7
Detail 10/27/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 0
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 1