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Notice of Rule Proposal
Dam Safety Standards,  N.J.A.C. 7:20

Public Notice
Take notice that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has proposed the readoption of the Dam Safety Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:20 without amendment.  The Department has reviewed these rules and has determined them to be necessary, reasonable and proper for the purpose for which they were originally promulgated. N.J.A.C. 7:20 implements the Safe Dam Act, N.J.S.A. 58:4-1 et seq. and governs the design, construction, inspection, operation, maintenance, modifications and repair of dams in New Jersey which raise the water height of a stream by more than five feet.  Certain dams in the pinelands area are exempt from these rules so long as they do not pose a security or safety concern (see N.J.S.A. 58:4-1).  The primary objective of these rules is to ensure the protection of areas below dams from the consequences of their failure.  Dams and their appurtenant structures are required to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis in order to determine if repairs or modifications are necessary to protect life and property.

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated October 18, 2010. A copy of the proposal(PDF) is available from the Department's web site, or by contacting John Ritchey, NJDEP, Mail Code 501 -01A at PO Box 420, Trenton New Jersey 08625-0420, Telephone (609) 984-0859, or through Westlaw Publishing at 1-800-808-WEST. Be advised that there may be a fee for obtaining a copy of the proposal from some sources.

Written comments may be submitted by December 17, 2010 to:

Gary J. Brower, Esq.
DEP Docket Number: 07-10-09
Office of Legal Affairs
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State Street, Floor 4
PO Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

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