STATE – The New Jersey Sierra Club is calling on Gov. Chris Christie to veto a bill that would delay the implementation of certain water regulations.
The Legislature approved bill A4335/S3156 on the final day of the last session, despite criticism from environmentalists and concerns from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
“By vetoing this bill, Governor Christie can stand up to the special interests and protect the drinking water for New Jersey residents,” said NJ Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel. “There is no threat more devastating to our families than the threat from having polluted water supplies. This bill directly threatens surface and groundwater water supplies for the people of New Jersey and we need the Governor to stop it from becoming law.”
If the 300,000 environmentally sensitive acres that are scheduled to be removed from sewer service are developed over the next two years, our waterways and drinking water will suffer from significant increases in pollution, the NJ Sierra Club warns. A report by Princeton Hydro found the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that would be added to waterways is the equivalent of dumping 23,000 bags of fertilizer in the water each year.
Another report found the bill would cost residents and businesses between $217 and $435 million in additional water treatment costs annually, according to the NJ Sierra Club.
“This bill not only affects us at our faucets but at our wallets. Not only will we have more pollution in our waterways but it will cost us more to filter those pollutants out of our drinking water, if we can,” said Tittel.
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