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Eustace Statement on Trump’s Repeal of Executive Order Aimed at Improving Nation’s Resilience to Flood Risk

Measure Established Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

Assemblyman Tim Eustace, chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s repeal of an executive order aimed at improving the nation’s resilience to flood risk:

“As experts assert that New Jersey will experience increased flooding due to climate change in the years to come, it simply is short-sighted for the president to repeal an executive order intended to protect infrastructure from the inevitable impact of flooding.

“Data shows that sea levels along the New Jersey coast are rising at a rate that is faster than the global average. Putting federal funds into infrastructure projects without accounting for the projected effects of flooding is irresponsible, as the reconstruction costs needed after a flood will increase the burden on taxpayers.

“In a state where many are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, ignoring climate science is not an option. Despite the misguided action President Trump has taken at the federal level, New Jersey must ensure that infrastructure funded by taxpayer dollars is resilient against flooding.”