DEP signs off on new stormwater runoff rule – very quietly

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday quietly signed a controversial new rule that aims to control stormwater runoff — the single biggest source of pollution impairing New Jersey’s waterways.

The proposal, which has drawn fire from most of the state’s most prominent environmental groups as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seeks to overhaul the state stormwater management program, which is designed to control flooding and runoff from streets, parking lots and other paved areas.

Announcing that it had adopted the rule in a one-paragraph statement, the DEP did not make available the details of the regulation so it is unclear what, if any, changes were made from the original proposal. The full rule will be made available upon publication in the New Jersey Register, probably in the next month …

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