Funding for state pollution control dropped 12% in decade to 2018, study says


JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Funding and staffing for pollution control by New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection dropped by double digits in the 10 years to 2018, part of a national trend of deep cuts in budgets for environmental agencies, according to a new study.

The study by the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit that investigates polluters, used state data to calculate how much operating expenditure had been lost and how much employment in the agencies’ pollution-control divisions had been cut over the last decade.

In New Jersey, it found that the total DEP budget was 11.9% lower in fiscal 2018 than it was in inflation-adjusted terms in fiscal 2008. Over the same period, its work force dropped 19% to 1,858 from 2,321, according to the data obtained by EIP …

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