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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section: 26:13-10: Powers of commissioner relative to safe disposal of infectious waste.
10. Notwithstanding the provisions of P.L.1989, c.34 (C.13:1E-48.1 et seq.) to the contrary, during a state of public health emergency the commissioner may exercise in consultation with, and upon the concurrence of, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, for such period as the state of public health emergency exists, the following powers regarding the safe disposal of infectious waste including, but not limited to, regulated medical waste as defined under P.L.1989, c.34.
a. To issue and enforce orders to provide for the safe disposal of infectious waste as may be reasonable and necessary to respond to the public health emergency. Such orders may include, but are not limited to, the collection, storage, handling, destruction, treatment, transportation, and disposal of infectious waste, including specific wastes generated in a home setting or in isolation or quarantine facilities.
b. To require any business or facility authorized to collect, store, handle, destroy, treat, transport and dispose of infectious waste under the laws of this State, and any landfill business or other such property, to accept infectious waste, or provide services or the use of the business, facility or property if such action is reasonable and necessary to respond to the public health emergency, as a condition of licensure, authorization or the ability to continue doing business in the State as such a business or facility. The use of the business, facility or property may include transferring the management and supervision of such business, facility or property to the department for a limited or unlimited period of time, but shall not exceed the duration of the public health emergency.
c. To procure, by condemnation or otherwise, subject to the payment of reasonable costs as provided for in sections 24 and 25 of this act, any business or facility authorized to collect, store, handle, destroy, treat, transport and dispose of infectious waste under the laws of this State and any landfill business or other such property as may be reasonable and necessary to respond to the public health emergency, with the right to take immediate possession thereof.
d. To require that all bags, boxes or other containers for infectious waste shall be clearly identified as containing infectious waste, and if known, the type of infectious waste.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.
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