Companies glad, enviros upset about NJ waivers

August 6, 2012 5:51:37 AM PDT
New Jersey environmental groups are upset about a new way for companies to ask to have state rules waived.

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.