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Water Pollution Issues Will Be Discussed Oct. 22

October 12, 2012 by admin

     Doug O'Malley, interim executive director of Environment New Jersey, will discuss his organization's recent report on the quality in NJ.

     He will speak at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, in the Student Life Center, Twin Lights I & II Brookdale Community College, Lincroft.

     The meeting is open to the public, students, and members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the New Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club.

     O'Malley, will explain how the legislature's actions have contributed to the pollution and what regulatory actions can be taken to reverse this deterioration.

     In particular, O'Malley will discuss the Raritan River and Bay, the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, and Barnegat Bay. Only one creek, originating in a state park, is pollution-free.

     All of the state's other bodies of water are polluted.

     In the past few years, the state legislature has loosened a number of Department of Environmental regulations on water quality and pollution controls. In opposition, environmentalists argue that, given the state's pollution problems, control should be stricter.

     DEP's commisioner, Bob Martin, has said he will include economic consideration in addition to environmental rules when assessing developers' applications.

     Last month, Gov. Christie vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have blocked the transport and treatment of controversial gas "fracking" waste water generated from both in-state and out-of-state gas exploration.

     O'Malley's presentation is hosted by Brookdale Community College's Environmental Club to encourage BCC students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental regulations.

     At the Lincroft meeting, a buffet begins at 6 p.m. and O'Malley's presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

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