New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection News

Newark to Speed Replacing of Pipes Blamed for Lead in Water

New Jersey’s biggest city on Monday announced a plan to borrow $120 million to dramatically cut the time it will take to replace pipes causing elevated lead levels in drinking water. City, state and county officials said the plan is …

New Jersey Failing to Put Out Required Pollution Reports, AP Finds

New Jersey’s environmental regulators have failed for nearly a decade to meet a legal requirement they provide a detailed written account for each year of enforcement actions against polluters of state waterways, the Associated Press has found. The Clean Water …

Court Declines to Tear Up New Jersey’s $225M Settlement with Exxon

A New Jersey appeals court on Monday turned down a request from environmental groups and a former state senator to undo a $225 million pollution settlement between the state and Exxon Mobil. Appellate Division Judge Carmen Messano, writing on behalf …

$63M Beach Restoration and Dune Project Begins in Atlantic City

Officials have started a restoration project on some of New Jersey’s popular beaches. The Press of Atlantic City reports that work on beaches in Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport started Thursday. Officials say the monthlong Absecon Island Project consists …

Judge Gets High-Stakes New Jersey Dune Wars Case

A judge will consider a high-stakes, multimillion-dollar battle over whether a wealthy New Jersey shore enclave can opt out of a protective sand dune plan in an area devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Both sides in the lawsuit brought by oceanfront …

Families Beg to Close New Jersey Beach Where 3 Died as Sand Gave Way

Relatives of three people who died when the sand at a New Jersey beach gave way beneath their feet begged a judge to permanently close the beach, saying it’s only a matter of time before someone else dies there. Relatives …

Lawsuit Says N.J.’s Post-Sandy Coastal Zone Rules ‘Don’t Make Sense’

Some New Jersey residents and environmental groups are suing to try to block the state’s new rules governing coastal development in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, saying they allow too many people and buildings to be put in harm’s way …

N.J. Files Eminent Domain Actions Against Beachfront Property Owners

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has begun legal proceedings to obtain land from beachfront property owners so the state can build dunes to protect against storms. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said on July 16 it filed …

N.J.’s Proposed New Rules for Coastal Development Drawing Concerns

Environmentalists say New Jersey’s proposed new rules for coastal development would place more people and property at risk from future storms like Superstorm Sandy. At the first of three public hearings on the proposed changes on June 25, representatives of …

Proposed Environmental Rules in N.J. Would Ease Some Coastal Development

In its first major rewrite of coastal protection rules since Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey is proposing changes that would make it easier for some new or expanded development along the Jersey shore and the state’s urban waterways. The state Department …