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The Evolution of a New Jersey Environmental Program

The State of New Jersey has always been in the forefront in its efforts to address environmental issues within the state. Over the past 26 years the New Jersey environmental programs have undergone many reviews and refinements. In the late 70's and early 80's environmental issues, specifically the environmental legacies left behind at former industrial facilities, were finding their way into the headlines. Such newsworthy events as Times Beach in Missouri and Love Canal in New York were making headlines and citizens were looking for answers. These events and others like them spurred federal legislation to address the contamination that was left behind on these properties and its impact on the citizens who live and/or work at or near them. The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) was one of the first innovative Federal environmental legislative initiatives to address the contamination that remained behind at these industrial properties.…Log In to Read Full Article

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