by Tom Johnson / NJ Spotlight
In the 14 months since a much-contested rule took effect, not a single request to waive environmental regulations under certain, limited circumstances has been granted by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The regulation, adopted over bitter protests from environmental organizations and Democratic lawmakers, went into effect August 2012. But apparently it has had no discernible impact on how New Jersey’s tough environmental regulations are enforced, as critics had warned.
Despite scores of applications from developers and others to waive rules governing land use, site remediation, and water supply and quality, none have been approved by the agency. The DEP has denied seven requests and rejected another 16 as incomplete; four have been withdrawn; another 15 are still under review, according to information on the department’s website.
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