New Jersey Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of New Jersey's Environmental Rules


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In New Jersey, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP is responsible for protecting New Jersey's land, water, and air from pollution. New Jersey has received authorization from EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. To receive federal authorization, DEP's air, water, and waste management rules have to be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as the federal rules. To maintain its federal authorization, DEP is required to continue to either adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or adopt more stringent state standards.


New Jersey's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). New Jersey's SIP was officially submitted in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, hazardous air pollutants, and numerous other air-related programs.

DEP's Division of Air Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing New Jersey's air pollution rules.


New Jersey has incorporated many of the federal water pollution requirements into its regulatory scheme. An example of this incorporation is New Jersey's wastewater variance requirements.

New Jersey has also enacted its own version of the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan. The state's Discharge Prevention, Containment, and Countermeasure (DPCC) Plan, like its federal ...

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