Earlier this month, a judge ordered the owner of an alleged illegal commercial dump site to pay $60,260 in fines and court fees and gave a 90-day jail sentence for the illegal operation. The ruling came after 90 municipal summonses and a multi-year investigation by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) into the alleged operation in Vernon, NJ.
Last month, US Environmental Protection Agency announced a cleanup plan to eliminate 1,4-dioxane among other volatile organic chemicals and metals from the CPS/Madison Superfund site in Old Bridge, NJ.
With progressive, new legislation enacted every few years since the 1980s, New Jersey has solidified itself as a national standard-bearer for drinking water regulation. With another proposal making its rounds in Trenton, we would like to look back and see how NJ became the legislative frontrunner for drinking water regulations that it is today.
From March 10 to March 16, Watershed Ambassadors rallied AmeriCorps alumni and members of the public to transform their community through cleanups, plantings, workshops, and more. Volunteers successfully carried out half a dozen programs.
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When EPA civil penalties rise, so does the value of environmental compliance.