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July 16, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994


(04/85) TRENTON -- Governor James E. McGreevey has directed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish emergency procedures to cleanup and dispose of waste materials generated by recent heavy rainfall and localized flooding in Burlington and Camden Counties.

Through Executive Order No. 121 signed by the Governor yesterday, DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell was given the authority to streamline the regulatory process to allow counties to help homeowners get rid of solid waste debris as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Through Administrative Order No. 2004-10, the DEP is issuing an emergency guidance document that outlines the proper ways to dispose of the increased waste to protect public health and to maintain environmental integrity.

The guidance document addresses capacity increases at recycling and disposal facilities, additional waste type acceptance, and expanded operating hours at permitted solid waste and recycling facilities; general waste handling; waste transportation; solid waste disposal facility pricing; emergency storage; recycling; and enforcement.

In addition, the DEP is working closely with State and Federal emergency management officials, affected municipalities, and solid waste and recycling facilities to make sure that emergency information is accurate and consistent.

A Joint Information Center is up and running in Hainesport, 9 Maple Avenue, staffed with representatives from State Police, DEP, and representatives from state and county agencies to answer any questions affected residents and businesses may have. The Governor's emergency flood information number at the center is (609) 265-0172.

The emergency guidance document is available on the DEP's Web page at:



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