The New Jersey state Senate passed a bill on October 29 that would ban fracking waste. If the bill passes both houses and then is signed by the governor, it would be the second state in the nation to ban fracking waste, the Press of Atlantic City reports.
Advocates say the law is needed to protect New Jersey water and to send a message that the state is not a dumping ground for the fracking industry. Advocacy groups have maintained that millions of gallons of waste material from neighboring Pennsylvania must be disposed of or treated.
Press of Atlantic City has more details:
The state Senate voted Monday 30-5 to pass a bill banning fracking waste.
If it passes both houses and is signed by the governor, New Jersey would become the second state in the nation to ban fracking waste and the first state in the Delaware River basin to do so.
There is an imminent need for the law, the groups said, since another law passed this summer created a loophole for the Chemours/DuPont Chamber Works facility in Salem County to seek DEP approval to begin importing hazardous waste from other states.