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Contact: Timothy White | Published On: Monday, June 13, 2022
‘All eyes on N.J.’ with new push to protect poor and minority communities from pollution

New rules to prevent pollution from spreading disproportionately into minority and low-income cities and towns around New Jersey are set to take effect by the end of the year, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday.

The announcement was the product of a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed two years ago meant to protect vulnerable communities.

The proposed rules would force developers of certain facilities — like power plants, Incinerators, or landfills — to show why it needs to be built in a certain location and, if so, demonstrate how it wouldn’t pollute the area. The areas the proposed rules apply to are low-income and marginalized communities.

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