On September 18, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law which requires the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate the environmental and public health impacts of certain facilities on overburdened communities when reviewing certain permit applications. Thanks to the tireless work of New Jersey’s environmental justice advocates, New Jersey is the first state in the nation to require mandatory permit denials if an environmental justice analysis determines a new facility will have a disproportionately negative impact on overburdened communities.
The law defines an overburdened community as any census block group, as determined in accordance with the most recent United States Census, in which:
There are approximately 348 municipalities with populations totaling approximately 4,687,381 that have overburdened communities within their municipalities.
The law requires the Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate the environmental and public health impacts of the following facilities on overburdened communities when reviewing specific types of permit applications:
The Environmental Justice Rulemaking Briefing Presentation provides a synopsis of the EJ Law and rulemaking process.
FAQs for AO 2021-25 pdf - Frequently asked questions for AO 2021-25 about NJ’S EJ Law
Camden, NJ (Camden County)
Various concerns regarding environmental remediation and public health
Long Branch, NJ (Monmouth County)
Former Manufactured Gas Plant Remediation (MGP)
Newark, NJ (Essex County)
Pabst Brewery Demolition
Ringwood, NJ (Passaic County)
Ringwood Former Superfund Site
Linden, NJ (Union County)
Tremley Point Environmental Justice Petition
Jersey City, NJ (Hudson County)
Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel
Roselle, NJ (Union County)
Reactivation of Local Train Line