With lawsuits, New Jersey signals tougher stance on the environment

Governor Phil Murphy

MARIANA ALFARO and RICK ROJAS / NY TIMES – New Jersey officials announced on Wednesday that they were pursuing several lawsuits targeting former industrial sites around the state where communities are still grappling with the persisting effects of pollution that has seeped into soil, groundwater and nearby waterways.

Officials described the lawsuits, which are centered on a half-dozen sites scattered around New Jersey, as a reflection of a push by the administration of Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat, for stricter enforcement of the state’s environmental regulations. The move also signals New Jersey positioning itself as a counterbalance to federal environmental officials under the Trump administration who have taken a more lenient approach toward polluters …

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