Gov. Phil Murphy dumps Chris Christie’s septic plan for Highlands

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SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is officially dumping a plan made by his predecessor that would have allowed more development in the Highlands reservoir region by increasing the amount of septic systems permitted in an area protected by state law.

The move made by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe on Thursday essentially stops an effort by former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to allow as many as 1,145 more septic systems to be built in New Jersey’s mountain region dotted with reservoirs and aquifers.

That plan was already dealt a serious blow by the Legislature in January when the Senate and Assembly …

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