Companies glad, enviros upset about NJ waivers

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -August 6, 2012

The state began accepting applications last week from companies requesting reviews in hopes of getting reprieves from environmental rules.

The program is a result of an executive order by Gov. Chris Christie, who says it's a way to cut red-tape for companies burdened by cumbersome regulations.

But Denise Patel of New Jersey Work Environmental Council tells The Star Ledger that the exemptions are a way for Christie to award favors at the expense of protections for the air and water.

Some Democratic lawmakers say they want to pass a joint resolution to invalidate Christie's executive order.

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