[Second Reprint]

SENATE, No. 3029

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 27, 2017

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  BOB SMITH

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

Senator  CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Scutari, Gordon, Greenstein and Ruiz

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes "Volkswagen Settlement Utilization Fund for Motor Vehicle Emissions Reduction and Air Pollution Control”; directs DEP to use moneys in fund to establish and implement certain air pollution control programs.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on June 1, 2017, with amendments.

  


An Act concerning various programs to reduce air pollution from certain vehicles and off-road equipment, and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a. The Department of Environmental Protection shall establish:

     (1) programs to promote 1[electric] zero emission1 vehicle use and 1the1 development and construction of 1[electric] zero emission vehicle1 charging 1or filling1 infrastructure to support such use, including, but not limited to, educating the public on the importance and availability of 1[electric] zero emission1 vehicles and their use and subsidizing the installation of public and private charging 1or filling1 stations;

     (2) programs to reduce diesel emissions at the ports of Elizabeth and Newark 1[through the requirements in the memorandum of agreement entered into] , the ports in the South Jersey Port District, as defined in section 3 of P.L.1968, c.60 (C.12:11A-3), and other ports in southern New Jersey, by repowering or replacement of diesel-powered vehicles or cargo handling equipment operating in those port regions through the issuance of grants, loans, or a combination thereof1 pursuant to subsection b. of this section;

     2(3)  programs to convert diesel-powered airport ground support equipment to electric-powered equipment;2  and 

     2[(3)] (4)2 other programs to reduce air pollution from motor vehicle emissions.

     b.    The Department of Environmental Protection shall 1[enter into a memorandum of agreement with] issue grants, loans, or a combination thereof, from the fund established pursuant to subsection c. of this section, to1 the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 1, the South Jersey Port Corporation, other ports in southern New Jersey, or port operators operating in those port regions,1 to reduce diesel emissions at the ports of Elizabeth and Newark 1[by requiring] , the ports in the South Jersey Port District, and other ports in southern New Jersey, respectively, for1:

     1[(a)] (1)1 acquisition of advanced maritime emissions control system pollution control equipment at the ports;

     1[(b)] (2)1  incentives for the 1repowering or1 replacement of pre-2007 model year heavy duty diesel trucks delivering and picking up containers at the ports; 1[and

     (c)] (3)1 upgrades 1, repowering, or replacement1 of cargo handling equipment 1, including but not limited to cranes,1 at the ports to 1[electric or other]1 zero emission vehicles and equipment 1; and

     (4)  any other measures to reduce diesel emissions at the port regions consistent with the terms of the settlement between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Volkswagen of America, Inc. or any other appropriate division of the Volkswagen company operating worldwide1 .

     c.     There is established in the Department of Environmental Protection a special, nonlapsing fund to be known as the "Volkswagen Settlement Utilization Fund for Motor Vehicle Emissions Reduction and Air Pollution Control.”  The fund shall be administered by the Department of Environmental Protection and shall be credited with 1[any] all1 moneys received by the State from any settlement between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Volkswagen of America, Inc. or any other appropriate division of the Volkswagen company operating worldwide.

     d.    Moneys in the fund established pursuant to subsection 1[b.] c.1 of this section shall be used by the Department of Environmental Protection solely for the programs 1and purposes1 established pursuant to 1[subsection] subsections1 a. 1and b.1 of this section.  No more than five percent of the moneys in the fund may be used to pay for administrative costs incurred by the department to implement this act.  1Fifteen percent of the moneys received by the State from the settlement shall be used to pay for costs directly connected to the acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure for charging or filling stations for zero emission vehicles that are cars or light duty trucks.1 

     e.     The Department of Environmental Protection shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), any rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this act.       

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.