Photos from the OCMA Golf Outing 2014!
Tuesday, September 25, 2014
Our guest was:
Bob Martin, Commissioner
N.J. Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commissioner Martin told the mayors that the NJ DEP has
changed significantly during his term. Department employees, he said, have
received customer training on returning phone calls and engaging people who
come to the agency with questions or applications. It is better, he said, to
discuss a proposed project early on rather than go through the expense of
formal submissions and approvals only to have the project rejected.
Similarly, he noted that the DEP now stresses compliance over enforcement.
Most problems, he explained, develop because people do not entirely
understand the regulations. The commissioner conceded that there are serious
violators out there. "We go after them hard," he said. He described the
department's recent record, including efforts to reduce air pollution from
power plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio and dealing with the enduring impacts
of Hurricane Sandy. Before taking questions, the commissioner urged
rejection of a November ballot initiative that would protect some New Jersey
land from development because it would take money from the DEP's operating