Bill Requiring Public Notification of Sewage Spills Fails to Get Christie Approval

A bill that would have required the public to be informed of sewage spills into waterways goes unsigned.

Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Senate passed a bill that would require the public to be informed of sewage overflows into New Jersey’s waterways, including the Hackensack River.

The bill, approved 34-4, was placed in from of Gov. Chris Christie who declined to sign it into effect before it’s expiration, according to a northjersey.com report.

If Christie had signed the bill, it would have required operators of sewage systems to report spills to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) within an hour. In turn, the DEP would have notified the public, within 12 hours, by posting details on their website.

It's not unusual for the field behind New Milford High School to flood and the water sometimes recedes without causing any physical damage.

It begs the question, when the water recedes, does it leave anything behind? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. 


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