EPA Audit Criticizes New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department

Philly.com has a report out, posted from ealrier this morning, that makes note of the EPA’s sharp criticism of the New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department.

The article reads…

Federal officials are criticizing how New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department operates.

An Environmental Protection Agency audit found “significant shortcomings,” especially in the DEP’s division that handles contaminated site cleanups.

The EPA says the site remediation program lacks oversight and the DEP takes contractors hired by polluters at their word without checking.

The report also found the agency has failed to take corrective action to fix problems uncovered in a 2005 audit.

The DEP remedies were outlined in a plan issued by Lisa Jackson, who now heads the federal agency. Jackson was DEP commissioner from 2006 to 2008.

The DEP says it would have to review the EPA audit before commenting.

Are you from New Jersey, or spending enough time there to make note of the efforts put forth by New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department? If so, please share your comments and opinions on this topic using the commens section below.

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