McKEON: DEP PROPOSAL THREATENS CLEAN WATER & ECONOMIC GROWTH IN NEW JERSEY

(TRENTON) – Assembly Environment Chairman John F. McKeon (D-Essex) released the following statement on Wednesday after the state Department of Environmental Protection proposed a new that would weaken clean water protections:

“Clean water isn’t a luxury. It’s a must, and our water quality deserves the best protections, not weak ones that open the door to pollution.
“Creating a loophole that will allow developers to threaten drinking water supplies opens the door for economic and environmental disaster. New Jersey won’t be able to spark economic growth if it’s water is polluted. Economic growth and clean water go hand-in-hand.
“Weakening clean water protections is a step backwards for decades of work to clean our environment. I will look into this matter further and see what can be done legislatively to prevent this change from happening.”