Target: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Goal: Stop bending to corporate interests and procrastinating on implementation of water quality rules
Despite opposition from environmental groups and the US Environmental Protection Agency, Governor Chris Christie recently signed a law that will delay for the second time the implementation of water quality regulations in New Jersey. In 2008, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved rules to protect drinking water and control development, important considerations for the state with the highest population density in the nation. This new law would extend the delay of implementation of vital rules for two years, even though this procrastination has already lasted five years. The bill was sponsored by legislators on both sides of the aisle, one of whom claimed that it will give the DEP time to finish reviewing local sewer management plans.
However, environmental activists like Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club of New Jersey, argue that the bill is a favor for the construction industry, which also supported it. The New Jersey Builders Association claimed that they need the help to recover from the collapse of the real estate market, despite the fact that residential construction is seeing its best days since 2007. Tittel commented, “The Governor has yet again put special interest before the interest of the people of New Jersey…This legislation is a giveaway to developers at the expense of our drinking water. This legislation will mean more sprawl, more loss of open space and increased water pollution.” The bottom line of the construction industry should not take precedence over access to clean water.
By signing this petition, you are calling on Gov. Christie to stop allowing corporate interests to trump the needs of New Jersey citizens. You are encouraging him to start by implementing the necessary water quality rules that communities need to protect their water supply and health.
Dear Governor Christie,
The recent passage of A4531 represents the extension of danger in New Jersey citizens’ everyday lives. By extending the delay on the implementation of the 2008 DEP rules and refusing to create proper protections for water quality and management plans for municipal water systems, you are actively depriving your constituents of their right to clean drinking water and safe sewage systems. To make matters worse, this legislation appears to have been passed and signed by yourself as a favor for construction corporations.
I am calling on you to stop prioritizing corporate interests over the health and safety of your constituents. I encourage you to prioritize the implementation of the original 2008 rules, and to stop scaling back regulations on local water quality.
[Your Name Here]
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