Spotlight Podcast: Changing Nature of NJ’s Environmental Laws

Where do current laws fall behind on some of the state's top issues?

A recent court decision underscores the changing nature of New Jersey’s tough environmental laws, once regarded as among the strictest in the nation. In the ruling, an appeal court said the state overstepped its authority in ordering an industrial outfit to certify that its property was not contaminated before it could be closed or sold.

The three-judge panel ruled that the requirement adopted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is inconsistent with laws approved by the Legislature, according to NJ Spotlight’s environmental writer Tom Johnson in a conversation with NewsWorks New Jersey’s editor Josh Simeone.

In this week’s NJ Spotlight podcast, Johnson explains the state’s current laws and where they fall behind when it comes to environmental issues in New Jersey. He also touches upon the fate of Barnegat Bay and the clean up of contaminated sites around the Garden State.