Bill Text: NJ A578 | 2022-2023 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Concerns development of safe indoor storage standards for certain energy storage system batteries.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-01-11 - Introduced, Referred to Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee [A578 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2022-A578-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY, No. 578

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2022 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  ROBERT J. KARABINCHAK

District 18 (Middlesex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Concerns development of safe indoor storage standards for certain energy storage system batteries.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


An Act concerning the development of safe indoor storage standards for certain energy storage system batteries and supplementing P.L.1975, c.217 (C.52:27D-119 et seq.).

 

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

 

     1.  a.  The Commissioner of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Board of Public Utilities, shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), a set of standards to allow for the safe indoor storage of batteries that are part of an energy storage system for a building or facility.  The types of batteries for which the standards are to be developed pursuant to this section shall include, but shall not be limited to the following battery types:

     (1)  lithium-ion;

     (2)  nickel-cadmium;

     (3)  nickel metal hydride;

     (4)  flow or redox flow; and

     (5)  lead acid.

     b.  The standards required to be promulgated pursuant to this section shall include, but shall not be limited to:

     (1)  developing specific indoor storage safety requirements for the batteries;

     (2)  communicating with the fire official or code enforcement official of a municipality where the batteries are going to be stored; and

     (3)  developing safe procedures, in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, for the disposal of batteries.

 

     2.  After the battery safety storage standards have been adopted, the Commissioner shall incorporate those standards into the "State Uniform Construction Code Act," P.L.1975, c.217 (C.52:27D-119 et seq.).

 

     3.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill concerns the development of safe indoor storage standards for batteries.

     The bill provides that the Commissioner of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Board of Public Utilities, would adopt a set of standards to allow for the safe indoor storage of batteries that are part of an energy storage system for a building or facility, as well as working to incorporate these safety storage standards into the State Uniform Construction Code. 

     These standards would include but not be limited to:

     (1)  developing specific indoor storage safety requirements for the batteries;

     (2)  communicating with the fire official or code enforcement official of a municipality where the batteries are going to be stored; and

     (3)  developing safe procedures, in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, for the disposal of batteries.

     Under the bill, the following types of qualifying batteries would require safety indoor storage standards:

     lithium-ion;

     nickel-cadmium;

     nickel metal hydride;

     flow or redox flow; and

     lead acid.

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