Forest
New Jersey Chapter

Chapter Home

DONATE NOW!

  • It's easier than ever to make a gift to the New Jersey Sierra Club by clicking on the "Donate" button. Your generous support today is a guaranteed investment in the future of our environment.

Newsletter -
Jersey Sierran

  • Click Here for the latest quarterly copy of the Sierra Club's publication on all things New Jersey.

Follow Us

Connect With Us:

Calendar Events

Sep 20 (Sat), 10:00 am
Sierra Silver Singles Trip to Grounds for Sculpture
Sep 21 (Sun), 10:30 am
People's Climate March in NYC
Sep 23 (Tue), 7:00 pm
Protecting Endangered Species
Sep 27 (Sat), 10:00 am
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve and Delaware Canal Towpath Hike
Sep 27 (Sat), 10:00 am
Singles Hike - Turtleback Rock Hike, South Mountain Reservation
Sep 28 (Sun), 10:00 am
Trail Maintenance--Wawayanda State Park
Sep 28 (Sun), 10:00 am
Silver Singles Walk at Palisades Interstate Park
Oct 4 (Sat), 11:00 am
Sierra Silver Singles Service Day--October Fest at Essex County Environmental Center
Oct 8 (Wed), 7:30 pm
American Experience: Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring
Oct 11 (Sat), 10:00 am
Singles Hike - Wawayanda State Park

Legislature Holds Water Bill Opposed by EPA


Date : Thu, 7 Jan 2010 16:46:50 -0500

For Immediate Release

January 7, 2010

Contact: Jeff Tittel, NJ Sierra Club, 609-558-9100

 

Legislature Holds Water Bill Opposed by EPA

 

The Water Quality Planning Bill (S2985/A4345), which would delay implementation of critical water rules, has been held by the Legislature due to concerns raised by the EPA. Amendments to the legislation are pending and it will likely be revisited by the Legislature Monday.

 

On Jan. 5, EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck sent letters to New Jersey's Senate President and Speaker of the House asking them to hold the Water Quality Planning Bill because it violates agreements between the state and the EPA on water quality planning.

 

The bill would delay for a year and three months the DEP implementation of the Water Quality Management Planning Rules, which were supposed to be adopted in 1994. This bill seeks to delay rules that would require proper environmental analysis be done prior to granting a sewer extension, protect environmentally-sensitive areas from sewers, and ensure there is enough water for proposed developments to go forward.

 

"We were able to get this bad bill held today but Monday is another day," NJ Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said. "We're going to see what kind of amendments are made and will continue the fight next week."

 

Tittel thanked the EPA for weighing in on the issue and attributed the bill being held to the concerns raised by the Regional Administrator.

 

The Federal Government has provided New Jersey with $203 million in Federal Stimulus money for water projects, including $1.6 million to upgrade water quality planning. The bill would delay implementation of those plans, not only violating federal law but jeopardizing New Jersey's ability to receive Federal Stimulus money.

 

In addition to imposing a delay on these critical rules, the bill violates the law because it includes a clause stating that the DEP has 90 days to review and approve wastewater management plan amendments. This is a both a breach of due process and a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, since it puts a time frame on reviews and mandates approval of amendments.

 

This legislation blocks the DEP from pulling back a sewer service area and puts burden of proof on the state agency, making it virtually impossible for any withdrawal for environmental reasons. It also has a clause that would allow any project that has received local approval to be grandfathered. This violates the continuous planning process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kara Seymour, Program Assistant

NJ Sierra Club

145 W. Hanover Street

Trenton, NJ 08618

609.656.7612

(f) 609.656.7618

 <http://www.newjersey.sierraclub.org> www.newjersey.sierraclub.org

 
Received on 2010-01-07 13:46:50

New Jersey Sierra Club, 145 West Hanover St., Trenton, NJ 08618, USA
tel: 609 656 7612, fax 609 656 7618
or email Nicole Dallara, Outreach Coordinator, at nicole.dallara@sierraclub.org

Sierra Club is a registered trademark.
Questions and comments about this web site may be sent to: George Newsome

Page URL: http://NewJersey.SierraClub.org/PressReleases/0100.asp
Page Last Modified 7/7/2014


Up to Top