Towns can block projects that would cause pollution

NJ Spotlight News: Touting it as the strongest in the nation of its kind, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law that gives hundreds of communities in New Jersey the tools to block new projects that could increase pollution within those areas.

The legislation, a priority of environmental justice advocates ever since it was introduced in 2008, would require state environmental officials, for the first time, to consider the cumulative impacts of locating new power plants, manufacturing facilities, incinerators, or renewed air permits in communities already burdened with pollution from such plants.

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