Editorial: NJ must start over on updating rules to control stormwater runoff

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – The DEP’s first major regulatory proposal under the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy has stumbled badly and will need to be rethought.

When broad changes to controls on stormwater that runs off properties were proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection, objections were raised by a coalition of 16 environmental organizations. They urged a more comprehensive and effective approach.

One of those groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council, used a public records request to obtain all of the comments on the DEP proposal. Among them was a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency taking a position similar to the group’s and urging fundamental changes to the proposal …

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