The Senate Environment Committee met to discuss, S-1150, which would add new requirements for projects located within a "distressed community", as defined by the NJDEP.
CIANJ testified against the bill along with other business organizations. In the end, the Senate Committee held the bill for further discussions and amendments.
The bill, found here, would do the following:
- Distressed communities would be defined as locations throughout the state where 1/2 the population is below the poverty level and are part of a minority group and where at least one "major" facility is located;
- Before a NJDEP permit is issued (e.g., air permits, water permits, wetlands, ISRA, TCPA, etc.), the NJDEP must issue a report on the cumulative effects of the proposed project/permit on surrounding communities;
- NJDEP must hold an enhanced public hearing to discuss the project and its impacts; and
- The governing municipality must adopt an ordinance approving the project.
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