The natural resource damage shoe has now dropped in New Jersey. For eight years under the Gov. Chris Christie administration, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection did not file a new natural resource damage lawsuit.
That has now rapidly changed — 2018 was an active year for NRD claims in the state. In February, the Appellate Division rejected challenges to the DEP’s $250,000,000 NRD settlement with ExxonMobil. DEP commenced four new NRD actions in 2018 after a decade's hiatus, the most recent in December 2018. Moreover, DEP continued to press its NRD claim with respect to the Passaic River cleanup.
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