Brownfields prioritization bill returned for changes

TRENTON – The bill that sought to prioritize financial assistance eligibility for the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund drew a conditional veto today.

A2395/S1246 is not comprehensive enough, Gov. Chris Christie said in his veto message.

The bill would have elevated the priority of some brownfields sites, but Christie said a broader approach is needed to ensure contaminated sites throughout the state benefit.

He urged sponsors to craft a bill with input from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Economic Development Authority – which co-administer the fund – to ensure long-term financial health of the fund as well as continued investigation and remediation.

"The governor still has to come to bat."
—Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, on Atlantic City.