NJ SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO REVIEW DECISION INVALIDATING DEP’S COASTAL PUBLIC ACCESS RULE

The uncertainty involving the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Public Access Rule promulgated in 2012 under the Coastal Zone Management Rules continues. The Supreme Court by Order dated June 17, 2016 denied the State’s Petition for Certification to challenge the Appellate Division’s Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc. and NY/NJ Baykeeper v DEP, 443 N.J. Super […]

DEP To Ramp-up Waterfront Development Compliance Efforts

DEP recently announced that it will more aggressively enforce Waterfront Development and CAFRA permitting compliance issues with respect to development along the waterfront. DEP’s compliance initiative will involve unannounced inspections by boat conducted by its Waterfront Enforcement Team (WET) at active waterfront construction sites. Owners of property along the waterfront who are engaged in development […]

Due Diligence and the Bermuda Triangle: Getting it Done

Co-authored by Melissa A. Clarke As published in the Spring 2016 edition of Dimensions Due diligence can make or break a deal, and there is a lot on the line for those charged with getting it right.  (1)   From an environmental perspective in New Jersey, that can be daunting. The Bermuda Triangle of diligence […]

NJDEP Deadline Looming for Completing Remedial Investigations

Governor Christie’s signing of Assembly Bill No. 4543 into law in 2014 granted an extension of up to two years for the completion of remedial investigations, postponing the original deadline of May 7, 2014 to May 7, 2016. Those affected by this decision should be aware of the repercussions they will face for failing to […]

Updated DEP Fill Material Guidance To Facilitate Redevelopment

Developers of brownfields and sites regulated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Site Remediation Program (“SRP”) often struggle with the issue of testing quarry/mine material used as fill.  Suppliers of quarry/mine material are typically reluctant to and often will not allow testing prior to delivery of the material, leaving developers at risk […]

Safe Dam Act Casts Broad Net

The Safe Dam Act (SDA) requires “[a]n owner or person having control of a … dam,” such as the dams that form artificial lakes and other impoundments throughout New Jersey, to maintain the dam in accordance with current regulatory standards and to implement “any action ordered” by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to correct […]

DEP Extends Coastal Rules Without Acting On Substantive Changes

Coastal Permit Program Rules, the procedural aspects of DEP’s CAFRA, coastal wetland, and Waterfront Development permitting programs, were set to expire December 15, 2014. DEP took action to extend the existing rules without change for a seven-year term, but has yet to act upon the proposed substantive changes to the Coastal regulations published June 2, […]

DEP Needs Court Order to Seize Control of Private Property

The Appellate Division of Superior Court rejected efforts by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to seize control of private property without first securing a court order, and limited the DEP’s authority to retroactively apply new environmental standards.

NJDEP Announces New Guidance On “Unrelated Contamination”

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has announced a specific “Guidance Document” and protocol to assist Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) to address contamination that is suspected to be unrelated to a known discharge undergoing remediation.  In essence, the roadmap provided by NJDEP addresses three basic scenarios where:  (1) contamination is suspected to […]

“Convenience Dumping” – Not So Convenient After All

NJDEP’s launched its “Don’t Waste Our Space” initiative in March 2014 to crack down on illegal waste disposal practices, focusing particularly on protection of State owned lands.  The problem of illegal dumping of construction-related and household waste and debris is apparently real as over first six months the vigorous enforcement initiative has resulted in 20 […]

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