NJ Legislative Update- S2525 Concerning Fracking Liquid Waste

S2525 Concerning Fracking Liquid Waste

Overview: NJ S2525 supplementing P.L.1977, c. 74 (C.58:10A-1 et seq.):

S2525 is a bill supplementing P.L.1977, c. 74 (C.58:10A-1 et seq.), also known as the Water Pollution Control Act. The bill concerns wastewater, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings and other byproducts from certain drilling techniques.

S2525 seeks to:

  • Declare fracking waste liquids unsafe and dangerous to the environment;
  • Prohibit fracking waste liquids from entering wastewater treatment facilitites in New Jersey due to the potential disruption of their processes and contamination of the facility’s biosolids;
  • Prohibit fracking waste liquid high in salt content from being used to treat roads during winter in New Jersey;
  • Prohibit fracking waste liquid from being stored in New Jersey landfills;

As mentioned in S2525, New Jersey is a highly populated state that depends on surface waters to supply  drinking water. Release of relatively unknown and highly toxic fracking byproducts into the environment would be disruptive to New Jersey’s ecosystem.

Status:  S2525 has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee for further review.
Billy Hoffer, DMGS Fall Intern-PHILA contributed to this report.

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