Notice of Rule Proposal
Environmental Justice
Proposed New Rules: N.J.A.C. 7:1C

Take notice that the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing new Environmental Justice rules at N.J.A.C. 7:1C.

This proposed rulemaking implements N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157.  The proposed rule will require certain facilities seeking certain permits in overburdened communities to prepare an environmental justice impact statement and conduct a public hearing to ensure meaningful public participation in the permitting process.  Additionally, the Department will apply permit conditions where necessary to avoid increases to environmental and public health stressors.

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated June 6, 2022.  A copy of the proposal is available on the Department’s webpage at: https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/rules/proposals/20220606a.pdf and LexisNexis free public access to the New Jersey Register (https://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/njoal).

Public hearings will be held on this notice of proposal on the following dates and times:

  1. Monday, July 11, 2022, from 3:00 P.M. through 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. through 7:00 P.M. at the Department of Environmental Protection’s (Department) Public Hearing Room, 401 E. State Street, Trenton.
  2. Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 6:30 P.M. at the Ray and Jon Kroc Corps Community Multi Purpose Room; 1865 Harrison Ave., Camden, NJ 08105.
  3. Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Campus Center Atrium, First Floor 150 Bleeker Street, Newark, NJ 07102.  Parking is Available at the NJIT Summit Street Garage, 154 Summit Street: https://www.njit.edu/about/maps-directions .
  4. Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. through the Department’s video conferencing software (as noted below).

Please join the July 28 meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Zoom Link: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItde2trzkrEupuztqasfJ72EJAkr6OyJY

Meeting ID: 160 245 1218

You can also dial in using your phone.
Phone Number: +1 669 254 5252

Meeting ID: 160 245 1218

If you are interested in providing oral testimony or submitting written comments at the virtual public hearing, please email the Department at ejrulehearings@dep.nj.gov no later than 5:00 P.M. on July 27, 2022, with your contact information (name, organization, telephone number, and email address).

Written comments are due by September 4, 2022.  The Department encourages electronic submittal of comments. Written comments may be submitted electronically at https://dep.nj.gov/rules/comment-on-dep-rulemaking-2/ Please note: To submit a comment longer than 20,000 characters (about 10 pages), please email rulemakingcomments@dep.nj.gov and send your comment(s) as a document attachment. In the alternative, comments may be submitted on paper to:

Melissa P. Abatemarco, Esq.
Attn:  DEP Docket Number: 04-22-04
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
Mail Code 401-04L; PO Box 402
401 East State Street, 7th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402