On January 5, 2011, Governor Christie signed into law a bill (Assembly Bill A-2501) which amends the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et. seq. (the “Act”). The Act, designed to control and limit soil erosion, authorizes the State Soil Conservation Committee to establish standards for the control of soil erosion and sedimentation.

In October, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) proposed several amendments to two of its site remediation regulations, the Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (the “ARRCs”) (N.J.A.C. 7:26C) and the Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (N.J.A.C. 7:26E).

There are three primary components to the proposed amendments. The first is to

On September 27, 2010, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced the opening of the DEP Office of Dispute Resolution. Commissioner Martin stated that “The Office of Dispute Resolution will play a key role in achieving our goal of breaking down the barriers that have often existed between the DEP and businesses,

Every day, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) makes many decisions which disappoint the agency’s varied stakeholders. Individuals are upset with NJDEP land use permitting decisions, either because they prevent planned development or allow development on adjacent properties. Permit applicants are upset with limitations placed upon various wastewater or air emissions discharge permits.