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Bateman Measures to Streamline & Fund Environmental Infrastructure Projects Signed Into Law

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Includes $19 Million for Clean Water Projects in Somerville & Hillsborough

A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to streamline the financing of projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and fund more than $411 million of improvements statewide was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman to streamline the financing of environmental infrastructure projects and fund more than $411 million of improvements statewide. (Wikimedia Commons)

The measures include $19 million to finance clean water projects in Somerville and Hillsborough.

“This legislation streamlines the process of approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. “It improves our ability to keep New Jersey’s water free of pollution and contaminants.”

S-2287 streamlines the NJEIT’s financing procedures to become more borrower-centric, and allows the Trust to submit a project priority list to the Legislature for approval for long-term financing twice a year rather than once a year.

S-2292 and S-2293 fund 80 eligible projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, including those in the “Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2017 Clean Water Project Priority List” and the “Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2017 Drinking Water Project Priority List,” as well as six clean water and two drinking water environmental infrastructure projects.

Somerville will receive $17.4 million to remediate and restore portions of the former municipal landfill known as the “Green Seam” to stop contaminated ground and surface waters from entering the Raritan River.

Additionally, the restoration and rehabilitation of adjacent wetlands will provide a public resource for recreation and educational activities.

Hillsborough will receive $1.6 million for a sanitary sewer extension within the rights of way of Euclid, Camden, Winding Way and Spring Valley roads.

The project will provide sewer service to 39 homes that have experienced failures with existing septic systems.

“The $19 million of local clean water projects that we’re funding in Somerville and Hillsborough may not have been possible without this legislation,” added Bateman. “This will keep the water resources in our communities safe, without adding an additional burden on local property taxpayers. That’s a win for everyone.”

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