Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rescheduled hearing Monday on NJDEP coastal rules

The NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, in the State House Annex to take testimony on the state Department of Environmental Protection's proposed rules governing development along the New Jersey coast.

This is the hearing we previewed on August 5 in Critics get another bite at proposed NJDEP coastal rules.

From that post:

In response to the widespread property and environmental damage left behind by Superstore Sandy in the fall of 2012, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) instituted numerous emergency amendments to existing regulations covering flood hazard areas and coastal management and coastal permits.
Based on lessons learned from the Sandy rebuilding experience, the DEP decided this year to "consolidate the Coastal Permit Program Rules and the Coastal Zone Management rules into one chapter and to make other changes intended to further encourage appropriate redevelopment of more resilient coastal communities."
Public comment on the revised rule, which was the subject of three public hearings in June and July, ended on August 1. But, spurred on by environmental groups that have criticized the revision, the State Senate's Environment and Energy Committee is taking another bite at the apple.
You should not read anything nefarious into the hearing's postponement. It was done to coincide with a rescheduled session of the full Senate which will meet on Monday to consider judicial appointments.

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