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New Jersey Conservation applauds governor’s new executive order

Apr 4, 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order reversing his predecessor’s policy requiring that any time the state considers a new regulation that is stronger than a federal regulation, it must conduct an analysis showing specific reasons why it is needed.

Murphy’s order instead says that when a federal regulation is deemed inadequate, New Jersey agencies should develop state-level regulations and confer with other states.

“New Jersey Conservation Foundation is pleased to see Governor Murphy set forth regulatory principles designed to protect the health, welfare and environment of New Jerseyans,” said Alison Mitchell, policy director for New Jersey Conservation Foundation. “The new guidance announced in an Executive Order makes it clear that New Jersey intends to be a national leader again in environmental protection, even in the face of proposed weakenings at the federal level.”

About New Jersey Conservation Foundation

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, New Jersey Conservation has protected 125,000 acres of open space – from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation’s programs and preserves, go to www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).

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