The proposed Waiver Rule, introduced in March, would give NJDEP very broad authority to grant waivers to exempt compaines from over 100 environmental regulations. More waivers will mean weakened protections for our air, land, and water. If adopted, this rule would be bad for New Jersey's environment, econonmy, workers, and citizens.
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The Waiver Rule threatens New Jersey’s environment. The Waiver Rule proposes to give the NJDEP broad authority to grant waivers to exempt companies from over 100 environmental regulations. More waivers will weaken protections for our air, land and water. Standards for remediation of contaminated sites, protection of clean drinking water sources, and control of air emissions, for example, are established by the New Jersey Legislature and through Department of Environmental Protection rules tied to specific statutory authority. Those protections were put in for a very clear reason, and should not be undermined with exemptions whenever it appears politically expedient.
The Waiver Rule is bad economics for New Jersey. The proposed rule would make small businesses unable to compete with big companies. To apply for a waiver, a prospective applicant would likely have to spend enormous fees on attorneys and experts. This would leave small businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
The Waiver Rule is outside of NJDEP’s mission. By proposing to authorize the NJDEP to issue waivers when rules are “unduly burdensome,” the Waiver Rule asks that the NJDEP function outside of its core mission to protect the environment and requires them to weigh the economic and other non-environmental aspects of a given against the environmental benefits that arise from complying with the NJDEP’s rules. Compliance with environmental statutes and rules should not be selective!
Finally, the NJDEP staff is already overburdened with increased work and fewer staff. Reviewing waiver applications and responding to denied waivers will become considerably burdensome, at the expense of implementing and enforcing regulations we need to protect our environment. Ultimately, the Waiver Rule is bad for New Jersey’s environment, economy, workers, and citizens, and I respectfully request that you withdraw its proposal.