Posted Saturday, May 9th, 2020
Seeks to Ensure Adequate Public Engagement
As part of New Jersey’s response to COVID-19, state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe has signed an administrative order to extends deadlines for public comment on applications in Morris County and across the state for certain permits and approvals to ensure opportunities for meaningful public engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The administrative order extends the minimum public comment periods on applications for the following:
For details about the extension for each public comment period, refer to Administrative Order 2020-06
Administrative Order 2020-06 follows Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 136 which extended statutory timelines for DEP to make certain permitting decisions and adjusts reporting timelines for some of New Jersey’s environmental laws.
These actions provide permit applicants with additional time to work with DEP on application requirements and provides DEP with the time it needs to ensure its decisions remain protective of public health, safety and the environment while affording the public the opportunity to inform those decisions.
DEP will continue to review requests and issue decisions within or as close as possible to standard decision-making timelines.