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Wake up, N.J.: Self-regulating leads to disaster

titteljeff021110_optBY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

We are seeing the results of what happens when the government stops regulating industries and allows businesses to self-police. The tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the West Virginia coal mining explosion are proof of this. Through privatization and deregulation we have allowed companies to self-regulate. In both cases lax enforcement and letting companies self-certify led to disaster. The failure of government to regulate puts not only the environment at risk but public health and safety as well.

In New Jersey, we have privatized site remediation. The government has deregulated cleanup of toxic sites all over the state, taking the word of consultants who work for companies which are supposed to be regulated. The consultants choose the cleanup plans and certify the sites whether or not they have been sufficiently remediated. This is going to lead to disaster, worse than that Ringwood with Ford or Pompton Lakes with DuPont. The fox is not only watching over the henhouse, but also saying the henhouse is safe.

Governor Christie supports privatization of toxic sites but also says the New Jersey can have no rules stricter than those of the federal government. The federal government allows coastal drilling for oil. Governor Christie says no to drilling. The governor has a double standard — one for off coast and one for the mainland.

Jeff Tittel is the New Jersey Sierra Club director

 
Comments (4)
4 Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:22
Common Goals
Through an inapt comparison, Jeff once again takes the extreme position, advocating throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Of course, as is his want, he is all for headlines and nothing constructive. Not only does the Sierra Club's paid lobbyist want to throw out the baby, he never comments on how to pay for new bathwater, feed the baby, clothe the baby or anything constructive.
3 Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:49
Vox
Governor Christie supports privatization of toxic sites"

UNDER HIS "LEADERSHIP" the WHOLE STATE WILL SOON BE A TOXIC DUMP!
2 Tuesday, 04 May 2010 15:48
shoredave22
An uninformed, ridiculous anaolgy by Tittel -- once again. It's why he's on the outside, looking in (in Trenton). No one takes him seriously anymore. P.S.- Jeff, the oil industry has been pumping oil from the Gulf for more than 40 years under (what you call) self regulation. As bad as it is, two accidents in 41 years is not terrible record. There was one other in the 1960's. Find a more useful way to spend your time.
1 Tuesday, 04 May 2010 15:27
imahawk
unoriginal and not at all compelling. your argument is weak and, per usual, is more theatrical than practical.

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