Water Quality Standards A State Responsibility Under the Clean Water Act
Jill Lipoti, head of DEP’s water quality program testified today [June 18, 2012] that last year’s Bay monitoring data, quote:
“did not cross any barriers of impairment”.
[Update - here is a very nice DEP chart and powerpoint that proves my point: "state monitoring aligned with state standards"
Last week, I wrote about DEP’s “Decade of Delay” on pulling the TMDL trigger on Barnegat Bay and our letter demanding US EPA intervention to enforce the Clean Water Act.
Since then, we are pleased that both the Star Ledger (Christie Administration has yet to do enough to stem Barnegat Bay pollution) and the Asbury Park Press (EPA must force the DEP’s hand) have editorialized in support of that position.
Unforunately, the Asbury Park Press (in both news coverage and editorial) has repeated an error that is based on DEP Press Office mis-statements.
This error is not minor, but goes to the core issue of who is responsible for the flawed water quality standards, monitoring, and assessment methods that have allowed a decade of delay on designating the Bay impaired and ...
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