12. a. In order to defray the expenses of local, county and State agencies in discharging their responsibilities under this act, including those costs associated with the development, testing and updating of the Emergency Radiation Response Plans and for the acquisition and maintenance of any equipment necessary to carry out their responsibilities, the State Treasurer shall annually make an assessment against the operator of each nuclear electric generating facility located in New Jersey;
b.The assessment against the operator of a single nuclear electric generating facility shall not exceed $2,750,000 (in 2003 dollars adjusted by the CPI) and, in the case of an operator of two or more nuclear electric generating facilities, the assessment shall not exceed $5,500,000 (in 2003 dollars adjusted by the CPI), and shall be assessed in an amount equal to the sum of the amounts in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection and determined annually by the State Treasurer on or before June 30 in the following manner:
(1)The total amount appropriated to the various local, county and State agencies by law for the purpose of discharging their responsibilities under P.L.1981, c.302 (C.26:2D-37 et seq.) for the State's next fiscal year for costs related directly to a particular nuclear electric generating facility shall be assessed against the operator of that particular nuclear electric generating facility.
(2)All other amounts appropriated to the State agencies by law for the purpose of discharging their responsibilities under P.L.1981, c.302 (C.26:2D-37 et seq.) for the next fiscal year shall be assessed equally against each operator of a nuclear electric generating facility.
The assessment prescribed above shall be levied by the State Treasurer not later than July 1, and shall be paid within 30 days after mailing by first class mail to the affected operator of the nuclear electric generating facility notice thereof and a statement of the amount;
c.The assessments shall be appropriated through the regular appropriation process in accordance with a joint budget to be submitted by the division and the department;
d.Any costs of a local, county or State agency incurred in discharging its responsibilities under P.L.1981, c.302 (C.26:2D-37 et seq.), not reasonably required to carry out the purposes of P.L.1981, c.302 (C.26:2D-37 et seq.) or not generally associated with or related to the operation of nuclear electric generating facilities located in New Jersey, shall not be included in any such assessment or appropriation;
e."CPI" means the annual Consumer Price Index for a calendar year as determined year to year using the decimal increase in the September through August, 12-month average for the previous year of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), as published by the United States Department of Labor.
L.1981,c.302,s.12; amended 1984, c.98, s.2; 2002, c.34, s.43; 2006, c.35, s.1.