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Political and Economic Aspects of Environmental Regulations

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Presented by: Jersey Shore Group
Location: Warner Student Life Center, Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Middletown
Directions: To get to Brookdale's Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6.
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Bill Wolfe, director of the NJ Field Office of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), will outline the political and economic reasons why New Jersey's enforcement of environmental regulations has suffered in the past decade at Brookdale Community College, 6 pm, Monday, May 19.

The talk, open to the public at BCC's Lincroft campus, will include members of the BCC Environmental Club and other students, the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Club, and other environmental organizations.

Wolfe, who spent 13 years as a policy analyst and planner with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, left the agency in 1995 after he publicly disclosed memoranda between then-Governor Whitman and DEP management for not aggressively responding to scientific research documenting high levels of mercury in NJ freshwater fish. He then became the policy director for Sierra Club's NJ Chapter from 1995-2002. In 2002, DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell invited Wolfe to rejoin DEP as the "conscience of the Agency." Wolf again left the Agency in July 2004 to rejoin the NJ environmental community and joined PEER in 2005.

PEER is a national non-profit alliance of local, state and federal scientists, law enforcement officers, land managers and other professionals dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values. PEER assists state and federal employees when they discover that regulations in the public interest are not being enforced by the appropriate regulatory agencies.