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NJ Assembly Seeks Environmental Waiver Change

The New Jersey Assembly has approved a resolution that calls on the Christie administration to change or withdraw rules allowing businesses to obtain waivers from state environmental regulations.

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The resolution was passed Thursday by a 48-30 vote. If it’s also approved in the state Senate, the administration would have 30 days to change or withdraw the rules.

If it doesn’t, the Legislature could pass another resolution to scrap them entirely.

The state Department of Environmental Protection in March proposed the rules, which would take effect Aug. 1. Businesses must prove there is a public emergency, conflicting rules, environmental benefit or undue hardship to receive a waiver.

Environmental and labor groups support the resolution, while business groups oppose it.

The Senate could consider the resolution as soon as next week.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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