On April 17, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the final adoption of regulations to implement New Jersey’s Environmental Justice (EJ) Law, a first-in-the-nation effort aimed at reducing pollution in historically overburdened communities and communities of color that the Murphy Administration says have been subjected to a disproportionately high number of environmental and public health stressors.
In 2020, Murphy signed the U.S.’s strongest EJ law to address inequities inherent to preexisting environmental legislation. The new requirements were developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) through a process that engaged stakeholders as well as using the NJDEP’s Environmental Justice Mapping, Assessment and Protection (EJMAP) tool.
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