Tag: New Jersey environmental regulations

Proposed NJ Bill Expands Use of County and Municipal Open Space Trust Funds

Achieving the proper balance between development and the preservation of open space is a priority for many New Jersey communities. Legislation currently pending before the State Assembly would expand the use of county and municipal open space trust funds to acquire property. Current law, P.L. 1997, C. 24  (N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.1

DEP Scores Trial Victory in Day Care New Jersey Contamination Case

New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is claiming victory after a state judge ordered multiple defendants to pay $6.13 million to reimburse the agency for the costs of cleaning up mercury contamination in Franklin Township. The case, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Navillus Group, involved the site

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New Jersey Appellate Division Nixes Substation Challenge

The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has denied a challenge raised by a citizens’ action group over the construction of a Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) substation on environmentally sensitive land in Tewksbury Township. The court concluded that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had reasonable

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New Jersey Municipality Becomes First to Ban Fracking

Last month, the borough of Highland Park became the first New Jersey municipality to ban hydraulic fracturing, which is commonly referred to as “fracking.” While the town does not have any known natural gas deposits, the ban is intended to send a message about the controversial practice and encourage other

NJ Supreme Court Overturns Arbitration Award in Teacher Misconduct Case

Appellate Division Doesn’t “Waiver” on NJDEP Rule But Invalidates Guidance

The Appellate Division recently upheld regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) known as the “waiver rules.” The controversial rules allow the agency to waive compliance with environmental regulations under certain circumstances, including if it there is a conflict among regulations; if they impose an undue