TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 136, extending statutory deadlines required under environmental laws for the length of New Jersey’s public health emergency. The order, which suspends timeframes for certain permit decisions and reporting, will ensure greater opportunities for public engagement while enabling the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct thorough environmental reviews.
“New Jersey’s public health emergency impacts the ability of public and private sectors to meet deadlines for the issuance or denial of permits, as well as certain environmental reporting,” said Governor Murphy. “Today’s order enables the DEP to consistently conduct full and complete environmental reviews while maintaining its core mission of protecting the public health, safety, and the environment while ensuring a robust public participation process.”
“As we continue to make progress in our fight against COVID-19, the DEP will continue to balance the needs and logistical limitations of business, government and community stakeholders,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “This order gives DEP greater discretion to extend certain decision deadlines if necessary to achieve that balance while providing meaningful opportunities for public participation. Make no mistake, DEP remains hard at work during the public health emergency and will keep moving permit applications in a timely manner just as we will keep protecting our environment and public health.”
Among the directives, Executive Order No. 136 includes the following:
The order will take effect immediately.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 136, click here.