The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is touting a new Transformation Plan that it says will make the DEP more "customer friendly." However, all this so-called transformation will do is dismantle 30 years of environmental protections. The Transformation Plan is just a continuation of Governor Christie's war on the environment, which includes budget cuts, rollbacks, and stakeholder processes stacked with industry insiders.
What the DEP really means by "transformation" is that it plans to turn DEP employees into transformers, which are just robots that will push out permits for developers and polluters.
To achieve this so-called transformation, the DEP will rollback key protections, hold more stakeholder processes dominated by industry representatives, and conduct additional red tape hearings with outcomes that will be used as rationalization to destruct the environment.
The plan, which was released last week, is rife with Orwellian doublespeak. There's lots of talk of "streamlining" and "overreaching" but really, this plan contains jargon aimed to disguise what's really taking place: A systematic demolition of the DEP and the regulations and programs that go along with it.