[Note – you MUST see the Margulies cartoon before reading this. Then you need the links to understand the substance. So go to:
Today’s Bergen Record reports that DEP Commissioner Bob Martin – just weeks after killing DEP’s proposed drinking water standard for the chemical perchlorate – will propose a standard “as quickly as possible”.
(see: Perchlorate limits to be set for water another killer story by Jim O’Neill)
We’d like to thank Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) for aggressively opposing Martin’s action to kill the DEP proposal and demanding that he act to protect NJ residents. Martin’s U-turn shows that legislative oversight can work.
And Martin and Lt. Governor “Red Tape” “Regulatory Czar” Guadagno need to get their cover stories straight.
But , at the end of the day, it wasn’t the Bergen Record’s harsh press coverage, Senator Buono, the PEER criticism, the science, the EPA, or the non-existent cost-benefit analysis – we all really know that the cartoon made Martin do it!