The Borough of Chatham, in Morris County, NJ has proposed an ordinance that will allow the municipality to remediate hazardous substance discharges, and bill the party responsible for the discharge after the cleanup.
The ordinance is meant to provide a mechanism by which the municipality can recover costs when it responds to a discharge immediately. The proposed ordinance states “the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Chatham wish to amend the Borough Code to provide for a cost recovery mechanism for Borough costs expended in connection with the remediation of a discharge of hazardous substance, as those terms are defined by State environmental laws and regulations, including petroleum and petroleum-based products. “
A similar ordinance is in place in Bensalem, PA. The full text of the proposed ordinance for Chatham Borough is available here. A hearing will take place on October 15th, 2013.