TRENTON – Assembly Environment Chairwoman L. Grace Spencer applauded today’s decision to hold the Permit Extension Act bill from a vote.
The Senate earlier today withheld it from a vote but it was not clear at the time if the Assembly would do the same.
“Environmental protection and clean water are top priorities to me as the Assembly environmental chairwoman, and the impact of this bill is something that must be reviewed in-depth,” she said in a release.
“Amid these concerns, I asked that the bill be held and am pleased that the sponsors agreed. I thank them for their willingness to hear my concerns.”
Business interests say the bill is needed in order to help applicants whose permits would expire before projects could be accomplished in the struggling economy.
But environmentalists decry the bill as a means to give new life to what they see as bad projects.