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State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin signed an administrative order on Tuesday, Nov. 6 easing DEP permit requirements for in-kind repairs or replacement of critical public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, bulkheads and culverts.
Municipalities will have six months to provide needed documentation of storm damage for retroactive DEP approval for public infrastructures projects. That documentation is key to getting federal reimbursement for the emergency work.
"It will be very important for governments to follow this process because the Federal Emergency Management Agency requires proof that state environmental approvals were obtained before releasing disaster aid," Martin said.
Martin also reminded municipalities and private property owners that they do not need any DEP approval to move sand from roadways, streets, private properties and structures back onto beaches. Movement of sand once on beaches is permissible under each municipality's beach maintenance permit. The DEP, however, advises that these activities should only take place if it is safe to do so.
For a copy of the Administrative Order, see: nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/ao20121105.pdf
For more information and resources, see the DEP's Hurricane Sandy resources website at nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy