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Posted on: February 16, 2024

NJDEP Extends Polystyrene Foam Food Service Product Exemption

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has extended its exemption on polystyrene foam food service products until May 4, 2025. The extension applies to meat and fish trays for raw or butchered meat, including poultry, or f...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 26, 2024

DOH ask Local Entities to Complete Survey

The DOH is requesting that county and municipal government professionals, staff, youth groups, and parent groups participate in a survey provide feedback on the redesign of DOH’s Parent Link web page. The survey must be complet...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 26, 2024

NLC 2nd Vice President Testifies in Favor of NFIP Reauthorization

Athens, Ohio, Mayor Steve Patterson, National League of Cities’ (NLC) Second Vice President testified in favor of long term National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthori...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Process to Adopt New State Plan to Begin Soon

As you may be aware, the State Planning Commission has been engaging with stakeholders to update the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (State Plan). As part of the update process, the Commission is currently drafting a ...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Bills of Interest Signed by Governor

Governor Murphy has acted on the remaining 2022-2023 Legislative term bills on his desk. Below are some of the new laws that may impact your municipality: ? 

 

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 12, 2024

EPA Announces Appointments to Local Government Advisory Committee

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the appointment of 16 new members to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), as well as the reappointments of 13 existing members, including members fro...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 12, 2024

Flood Mitigation Program Now Taking Applications on Rolling Basis

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced that effective immediately the Mitigation Assistance Program (MAP) will accept applications on a rolling basis from New Jerse...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 12, 2024

EPA Accepting Comments on Drinking Water Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Proposed Rule for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper: Improvements (LCRI) and is accepting comments on the proposed...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Bill That Could Increase Utility Costs Advances

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has favorably released S-3184, which would establish a “Resiliency and Environmental System Investment Charge Program.” The bill is now scheduled for a ...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: November 3, 2023

CSSR Announces Relaunch of Brownfield Development Area Program

Contaminated Site Remediation and Redevelopment (CSSR) has announced the relaunching of the Brownfield Development Area (BDA) Program. 

Under the BDA approach, the CSSR’s Office of Brownfield & Community Revitalization works with sel...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: November 3, 2023

NJDEP Releases Model Tree Removal/Replacement Ordinance

Last year the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) revised the Tier A Municipal Stormwater General Permit. They also took steps to reclassify all municipalities into the Tier A category. The revised permit requires municipalities to a...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: October 13, 2023

Reminder to Complete the NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: September 29, 2023

Mayor Bollwage Testified Before Congressional Committee

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, NJLM Past President, testified on Wednesday on reauthorization of the Brownfields Program on behalf of the League’s federal partner, the National League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayo...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: September 25, 2023

Reminder to Complete the NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: September 15, 2023

NJ Clean Energy Programs Survey

The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) is conducting an online survey for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to better understand how the New Jersey Clean Energy program can better meet the needs of municipalities. The goal is to gain ...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: September 8, 2023

Lunch & Learn: State Planning Commission – State Plan Update

The State Planning Commission has embarked on updating the State Development and Redevelopment Plan.   Come learn about the Plan, the process involved, and how the Commission can help make this process valuable to municipal stakeholders. After an...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: September 1, 2023

NJDEP Holds Inland Flood Protection Rule Q&A Session

On Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) hosted an “Ask the Administrator Q&A Session” to answer questions from the public regarding the Inland Flood Protection rule and implementation.

On hand to answer questions were...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: August 25, 2023

NJDEP Publishes Proposed Rules for Advanced Clean Cars Program

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has issued proposed new rules and amendments to the Air Pollution Control rules, related to the state’s Advanced Clean Cars II Program. 

The primary component of this rulemaking is the ...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: August 25, 2023

New Rules and Amendments Proposed for NJ Historic Trust Grants

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has published proposed rules and amendments related to the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund Grants.

The New Jersey Historic Trust is authorized to implement funding for Open Space, Farmland, and Histor...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: August 24, 2023

NJBPU Proposes Rule Amendments Applicable to Municipalities

On August 21, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) published proposed rule amendments governing all utilities, including municipal water and wastewater utilities. These changes include:  

  1. The extension of the Winter Termination Program to ...
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Environmental Issues
Posted on: July 28, 2023

Lunch & Learn: NJDEP – Extreme Heat Resilience Action Plan

Earlier this week the League held a Lunch and Learn with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on its Extreme Heat Resilience Action Plan. A recording of the program is now available on the League’s website.

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: July 28, 2023

State Issues Notice on Local Regulation of Beekeeping Activities

The League has become aware of a statement issued by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) to municipal officials regarding restraints on municipal regulation of apiary and beekeeping activities.  

The statement, dated July 14, 2023, exp...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: June 29, 2023

Congress Moves to Reauthorize National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization (NFIP-RE) Act of 2023 (H.R.4349/S.2142) has been introduced in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support in both chambers. 

The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization (NFIP Re)...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: June 9, 2023

Inland Flood Protection Rules to Take Effect in July

The new Inland Flood Protection Rules update New Jersey’s existing flood hazard and stormwater regulations by replacing current precipitation estimates with modern data that attempts to account for observed and projected increases in ra...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: June 9, 2023

Christmas Tree Bonfire Bill Advances

Municipalities throughout the state have hosted community events centered on bonfires using discarded Christmas trees. These events have become economic drivers for the local economy and provide a fundraising opportunity for local causes, including, most ...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: June 2, 2023

Spotted Lanternfly Grant Program for Counties and Municipalities

The NJ Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of grant money to assist counties and municipalities slow the spread and reduce spotted lanternfly populations across the state. 

Nearly $5 million has been made available for the gra...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: May 19, 2023

Christmas Tree Bonfire Bill Advances

On Monday, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced S-861, legislation that would allow municipalities to conduct an annual event for the open burning of Christmas trees.  

Municipalities throughout the state have hosted community even...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: May 12, 2023

Governor Issues Conditional Veto of Flooding Notification Bill

As part of his conditional veto of S-3110/A-4783, Governor Murphy has suggested the bill be amended to provide that a tenant whose landlord fails to provide the required notifications may terminate the lease without penalty any time afte...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: April 12, 2023

NJDEP Releases Draft MS4 Model Ordinances

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has released two draft model ordinances related to the new conditions as part of the updated MS4 Tier A permit and will be accepting informal comments until May 12.   

The firs...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Right to Farm Protections Extended to Aquaculture Activities

This week, Governor Phil Murphy signed S-428 into law, amending the Right to Farm Act to specify that shellfish aquaculture activities are eligible for Right to Farm Act protections. 

To be eligible for Right to Farm protections a shellfish commer...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: March 10, 2023

League Seeking Information on MS4 Permit Compliance

The League is asking our members to answer a short survey aimed at gathering information related to individual municipalities efforts to comply with the NJDEP’s new MS4 permit program requirements.   

The New Jersey Department o...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: March 3, 2023

NJBPU Seeking Input on LED Streetlight Program

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has issued a Request for Comments, seeking input from interested parties regarding the conversion of existing streetlights to LED streetlights. Specifically, seeking information related to streetlight and p...

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Environmental Issues
Posted on: March 3, 2023

NJDEP Hosting Meeting for Mayors on MS4 Grant Program

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will be hosting an executive information session for mayors to review the recently announced grant program to assist municipalities with the new stormwater permitting requirements.&...

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Environmental Issues