NJ Chamber Supports State DEP's
Proposed Waiver Rule
Michael Egenton, senior vice president at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, commended the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today on its proposed waiver rule for businesses looking to build and expand in New Jersey.
The rule would allow the DEP to waive strict compliance with regulations in certain limited circumstances. The department is holding a hearing on the proposal today at 3 p.m. at DEP headquarters in Trenton.
Under the proposed rule the DEP would consider a waiver only after determining that at least one of four situations exist: When rules conflict with one another; when strict compliance creates unduly burdensome situation; when a waiver creates a net environmental benefit; or when a public emergency exists.
"New Jersey has a history of over-regulating those who want to grow jobs and improve the economy, which ultimately results in lost economic opportunities," Egenton said. "We now have a process and procedure in place that will provide the business community with some flexibility and predictability."
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization that represents its members on a wide range of business and education issues. Based in Trenton, the organization also links the state's local and regional chambers on issues of importance through its grassroots legislative network. For more information, visit www.njchamber.com