NJ High Court Won't Hear Wetlands Dispute

Law360, New York (January 24, 2014, 6:50 PM EST) -- New Jersey's high court on Friday refused to reconsider nearly $500,000 in civil penalties levied by the state's Department of Environmental Protection over a one-time land owner's alleged disturbance of freshwater wetlands and transition areas.

Bench Realty had alleged the NJ DEP wrongfully applied enhanced penalties under the state's Environmental Enforcement Enhancement Act because the alleged violations on the 219-acre Upper Deerfield Township parcel occurred before the law took effect on Jan. 4, 2008.

In a July decision, the Appellate Division refused to upend the penalties,...
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