Monday, August 29, 2011

New Jersey cuts red tape on hurricane debris cleanup


















Last week, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irene, New Jersey took steps to allow the suspension of some of its solid waste regulations in order to help speed the cleanup of the debris that the hurricane was expected to leave in its wake.

The action proved timely, as Irene trailed northeast along the New Jersey coast Saturday night, leaving behind what Governor Chris Christie estimated to be 'billions' of dollars worth of damage.

Some rivers, still rising on Sunday, were expected to crest on Monday, adding to the damage in numerous communities (see video of flooding in Manville, NJ).

If you are a county or municipal official--including solid waste and recycling coordinators--you may find the following information to be of particular value as you participate in the work of cleaning up after the hurricane.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin signed an Administrative Order on August 26, to suspend certain regulations pertaining to waste transportation and disposal. Under the order, the DEP may temporarily, allow for the:

 Use of currently unregistered vehicles for waste transport
 Exceedance of waste tonnage limits
 Expanded hours of facility operation

Martin was careful to stress that the suspensions would  be only issues "in very limited circumstances, on a case-by-case basis, provided adequate environmental safeguards are maintained."

For details, see Compliance Advisory #2011-10

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