NJDEP Upgrades Protections for 600 Miles of Rivers and Streams

Effective April 6, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) adopted rule amendments to the Surface Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9B. The amendments upgraded the designation of approximately 600 miles of rivers and streams to “Category One” (“C1”) waterways. NJDEP identified 14 counties and 67 municipalities “potentially affected” by the C1 upgrades. C1 […]

Executive Order Suspends 90-Day Review of NJDEP Permits

Over the weekend, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 136 (“EO 136”), which affects the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) process for reviewing applications for environmental permits. EO 136 is the latest in dozens of orders the Governor has signed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EO 136 tolls the timeframes under which DEP […]