STATE — The New Jersey Sierra Club has joined a lawsuit with other environmental and labor groups to oppose the Waiver Rule, which would allow the state Department of Environmental Protection to waive certain rules under certain circumstances.
“We are going to court because this rule violates the Constitution, legislative intent and the Separation of Powers. Since the Waiver Rule is so vague and open-ended it will allow for abuse and political pressure from developers and polluters,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
“This is one of the worst rules ever adopted in New Jersey and is the broadest attack on environmental protections in 40 years. This is part of the Koch brother and polluter plan agenda across the country to get rid of environmental protections,” Tittel continued. “We believe that the Governor’s administration has overstepped their authority and what we consider is an abuse of power by taking the side of special interest over the people of New Jersey.”
The New Jersey Sierra Club will not only seek an injunction on the implementation of the rule to have the rule overturned, but will also sue to block any waiver going forward, according to Tittel.
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