NJDEP Adopts New “Common Sense” Waiver Rule

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in DEP Rules, Notice Requirements, Variances

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
In response to Governor Christie’s Executive Order No 2, which directs state agencies to implement reforms furthering common sense principles, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has adopted a new rule that gives NJDEP the flexibility to modify compliance with rules in certain circumstances that do not compromise protections to the environment and public health. Requests for waivers will be accepted beginning on August 1, 2012.

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Christie Picks New DEP Commissioner

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in DEP Rules, General Information

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq.
Governor-Elect Chris Christie has selected Bob Martin, a retired utility consultant, as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Martin, formerly of the consulting firm Accenture LLP, served as Christie’s energy and environmental policy advisor during last year’s gubernatorial campaign.

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Bill to Delay Adoption of Wastewater Management Plan Awaits Governor’s Approval

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in DEP Rules, Legislation

By Michael J. Lipari, Esq.
The Legislature adopted A-4345 that extends the requirement of wastewater management planning agencies to establish or update wastewater management plans, and extends validity of sewer service areas and wastewater service areas, until April 7, 2011. The bill just needs the endorsement of the Governor to become law.

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Sierra Club Petitions EPA to Stop New Jersey From Using Private Companies to Oversee Cleanups

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in DEP Rules, Site Remediation

By Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On December 30, 2009, the Sierra Club petitioned the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to halt New Jersey’s implementation of the Licensed Site Remediation Program, which would shift regulatory oversight of contaminated sites from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to private engineers licensed by a State Board.

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