NJ Court Upholds $500K Wetlands Disturbance Fine

Law360, New York (July 8, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT) -- The onetime owner of a 219-acre tract in southern New Jersey couldn't convince the state's Appellate Division last week to upend nearly $500,000 in civil penalties over its alleged disturbance of freshwater wetlands and transition areas.

Bench Realty contended that, among other arguments, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was wrong to stick it with enhanced penalties under the state's Environmental Enforcement Enhancement Act because the alleged violations on its Upper Deerfield Township parcel occurred before the law took effect on Jan. 4, 2008....
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