Editorial: In Highlands, preservation first

NJ Environment News, Highlands

MYCENTRALJERSEY.COM – State legislators on Monday took an important step toward protecting the Highlands region when a Senate committee unanimously voted to rescind a new rule that would clear the way for more development.

Now the full Legislature needs to see the measure through to conclusion to prevent Gov. Chris Christie’s anti-environmental instincts from leaving one last scar on the state.

The new rule in question would increase the permitted density of septic tanks in portions of the Highlands, an area of more than 800,000 acres mostly in northwest New Jersey where development has been greatly restricted since 2004 under the Highlands Act …

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