4. a. The Department of Environmental Protection, with the concurrence of the Department of Health and the State Office of Emergency Management in the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety, and in consultation with representatives of certified local health agencies, shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations that:
(1)establish criteria and procedures for the award of grants to certified local health agencies, or local health agencies, as appropriate, pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2005, c.3 (C.26:3A2-37);
(2)establish environmental health performance standards and standards of administrative procedures for county hazardous materials response for incidents involving hazardous materials, including, but not limited to, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive incidents; and
(3)establish criteria and procedures for the development of inter-local agreements to facilitate the creation of a Statewide mutual aid network for responding to incidents involving hazardous materials, including, but not limited to, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive incidents
b.Prior to the adoption of rules and regulations pursuant to subsection a. of this section, and notwithstanding the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to the contrary, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection may, immediately upon filing the proper notice with the Office of Administrative Law, adopt such temporary rules and regulations as the commissioner determines are necessary to implement the provisions of P.L.2005, c.3 (C.26:3A2-36 et al.). The temporary rules and regulations shall be in effect for a period not to exceed 270 days after the date of the filing, except that in no case shall the temporary rules and regulations be in effect one year after the effective date of P.L.2005, c.3 (C.26:3A2-36 et al.). The temporary rules and regulations shall thereafter be amended, adopted or readopted by the commissioner as the commissioner determines is necessary in accordance with the requirements of the "Administrative Procedure Act."
L.2005, c.3, s.4; amended 2012, c.17, s.330.