David Restaino writes:

New Jersey MapOn April 20, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 23 (EO 23) committing state government to making intelligent environmental decisions in communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation. EO 23 requires that the NJDEP take the lead in developing guidance that would require state departments and agencies to consider “Environmental Justice” in implementing their responsibilities.

The first draft of the guidance will be due in six months, after which time there shall be another 90 days for the guidance to be finalized and published. Pursuant to that final guidance document, Environmental Justice issues shall be considered by State government in performing all evaluations and assessments. The existing, temporary Environmental Justice Advisory Council within the NJDEP shall continue with its duties and also be available to assist state government in complying with the guidance.

David Restaino is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Environmental practices, based in its Morristown, NJ office.