Critics up in arms as DEP permits sewage treatment plant in Highlands

map of Rockaway Creek

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state Department of Environmental Protection has given a permit for a new sewage treatment plant that would discharge into Rockaway Creek, a project deemed inconsistent with the regional master plan of the New Jersey Highlands Council.

The project, involving a proposed office park in Tewksbury, is likely to wind up in litigation again as it is opposed by local officials, residents, and conservationists who say the facility could increase flooding and threaten drinking water supplies.

The proposal by Bellemead Development Corporation near Route 78 is designed to serve approximately 700,000 square feet of office space, according to the draft water permit issued by the DEP. Neither the plant nor the office park have been built …

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