5. a. The owner or operator of a dispatch agreement facility may certify to the department that the dispatch agreement facility qualifies to purchase allowances pursuant to section 4 of P.L. 2007, c.340 (C.26:2C-48).
b.The certification submitted to the department pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall be through a sworn affidavit with supporting documentation from an independent entity that attests to the facility's adherence to the definition of dispatch agreement facility as set forth in section 2 of P.L.2007, c.340 (C.26:2C-46). The affidavit shall be signed by both an official representative of the independent entity and by the chief financial officer or their equivalent of the owner or operator of the dispatch agreement facility. If there are any material changes to the sworn affidavit or supporting documentation filed with the department, the independent entity and representative of the owner or operator of the dispatch agreement facility shall resubmit an affidavit pursuant to this section within 30 days after the change occurs.
c.The certification shall be received by the department at least 30 days prior to the department making a notification, pursuant to subsection a. of section 4 of P.L.2007, c.340 (C.26:2C-48), of an offer to sell allowances to dispatch agreement facilities in order for the dispatch agreement facility to be deemed eligible to participate in the sale.
d.The owner or operator of a dispatch agreement facility claiming certification pursuant to this section shall provide on site, upon the request of the department, any information the department requires to determine the validity and extent of the certification.
e.Any signatory to the sworn affidavit in subsection b. of this section who knowingly gives or causes to be given any false or misleading information or who knowingly makes any false or misleading statement in complying with the provisions of this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $500,000 for each offense and shall not be eligible to be certified as a dispatch agreement facility. Civil penalties imposed pursuant to this section shall be collected in a civil action by a summary proceeding pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.). In addition to any penalties, the court may assess against the violator the amount of any economic benefit accruing to the violator from the violation of the provisions of this section.
f.All penalties collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the "Global Warming Solutions Fund," established pursuant to section 6 of P.L.2007, c.340 (C.26:2C-50), and kept separate from other receipts deposited therein, and appropriated for the purposes of that fund.
L.2007, c.340, s.5.