NJDEP Announces Formation of Permit Efficiency Review Task Force
In partial response to the growing wave of criticism over the delays associated with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP") permitting programs, particularly those affecting development projects, NJDEP commissioner Lisa Jackson recently issued an administrative order establishing a permit efficiency task force. The charge of the task force is to perform a comprehensive review of NJDEP's permitting programs and develop recommendations to reengineer and restructure those programs to ensure that they are providing timely and efficient service while protecting public health and the environment. The task force is also charged with developing recommendations for operational, policy, and regulatory changes to create incentives for sustainable development. The commissioner's order, which was signed March 18, 2008, affords the task force 120 days to complete its report from the date of its initial meeting, which took place April 23.