Voters have chance to dedicate polluter’s dollars to environmental clean up

new jersey environment, pollution, epa, superfund

STEVE LENOX / TAP INTO PLAINFIELD – While the New Jersey governor’s race may be the marquee statewide matchup on the November 7th ballot, voters will also have the chance to cast votes on two ballot questions.

Often referred to as Ballot Question 2, the “Revenue from Environmental Damage Lawsuits Dedicated to Environmental Projects Amendment” asks voters if they want to dedicate funds from environmental contamination cases to environmental cleanup, preservation and the legal costs associated with prosecuting polluters.

Stacy McCormack, Director of Conservation Finance and Governmental Affairs for the Mid-Atlantic Region at the Trust for Public Land shed light on what Public Question 2 is about.  “Right now, the State of New Jersey can divert funds won from environmental damages lawsuits to other uses not related to the cleanup or preservation of land,” McCormack said.  “A yes vote on Public Question 2 would ensure that these funds go to repairing the environment instead of plugging budget holes,” she continued …

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