Senate Passes Resolution to Override DEP Flood Hazard Control Act Regulations

In a 26-12 vote this Thursday, the New Jersey Senate passed a resolution, SCR-180, to deem the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Flood Hazard Control Act regulations as being inconsistent with legislative intent. This resolution, if approved by the Assembly, would force the DEP to revisit the rulemaking or risk the regulation from being formally blocked by the Legislature. The DEP regulations were supported by the business and development communities as they streamline the permit review process, making it more efficient and less burdensome, while at the same time, establishing robust standards that would prevent flood hazards. At a hearing before the Senate Environment Committee, Ray Cantor, chief advisor to the DEP commissioner, provided a strong defense of the DEP’s regulations and its efforts to mitigate flood risk. Click here for a copy of SCR-180, which is sponsored by Senator Lesniak (D-Union), Senator Smith (D-Middlesex), and Senator Greenstein (D-Middlesex). Contact Nicholas Kikis by email or at 732-992-0605 for additional information.