TRENTON, NJ- New Jersey League of Conservation Voters would like to thank Governor Murphy for his conditional veto of A3116/S879, which would amend the definition of “existing major hazardous waste facility” in “Major Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Act.”
The legislation would create a loophole that allows the DuPont/Chambers Works plant to accept an expanded collection of hazardous wastes, which includes fracking waste from Pennsylvania. If the bill had been signed in the current form, the company would have been able to avert the important environmental regulatory reviews to protect clean drinking water. The and allow the plant to renew commercial operations, which is unprecedented considering its toxic past.
The Governor sent the bill back to the Senate, asking simply to apply current public health and environmental protection to the wastewater treatment facilities.
“We are pleased that Governor Murphy took the threat of this legislation seriously,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “The improvements the Governor made to the bill in his conditional veto will safeguard our clean drinking water, the Delaware River, and the fishing industries that rely on its health,” Potosnak explained. “Governor Murphy has committed to making clean water and public health a priority, and this action on the Hazardous Waste bill continues to demonstrate his strong commitment to protecting the health of our families, businesses and communities.”
About New Jersey LCV:
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (New Jersey LCV) is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to elect environmental champions, hold public officials accountable, and support laws which protect our environment and improve the quality of people’s lives.