On March 8, 2012, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced the adoption of its “Waiver Rule.”  As set forth in the NJDEP’s press release “strict compliance with rules can sometimes produce unreasonable, unfair or unintended results that may actually undermine, rather than advance, the” goal of the underlying environmental law. The Waiver Rule

A federal District Court in New Jersey recently ruled that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) waived its rights to pursue Natural Resource Damages (“NRDs”) as a result of a letter sent to the defendant indicating that NJDEP did not intend to pursue the defendant for NRDs. FMC Corp. v. American Cyanamid