New Jersey

 

Opened in June 2005, New Jersey PEER is headed up by Bill Wolfe, a former client who spent the previous 13 years as a Policy Analyst and Planner with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (1985-1995; 2002-2004).

 

Earth Day 2005: New NJ PEER Director Bill Wolfe debates his former boss, NJDEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell, during an Earth Day protest.

Bill came to know PEER in 1994 when his career at DEP was punctuated by his public disclosure of a memoranda between Governor Whitman and the Agency seeking to suppress, distort, fail-to-warn the public, and avoid aggressively responding to scientific research documenting high levels of mercury in NJ freshwater fish.

Shortly thereafter, Bill left NJDEP to become the Policy Director for Sierra Club's NJ Chapter from 1995-2002. Then in 2002, Commissioner Bradley Campbell invited Bill to rejoin DEP and serve as the "conscience of the Agency". Bill left the Agency in July 2004 to rejoin the NJ environmental community.

Bill Wolfe
Phone: (609) 397-4861
Email: njpeer[at]peer.org

NJ PEER plans to expose the lack of toxic site cleanup enforcement along the Delaware River and continuing risks to communities and the environment posed by NJ's voluntary cleanup program. Browse the accompanying links to learn more.

Links to recent regulatory policy activities:

Letter to DEP on enforcement of buffer rules

Letter on Catastrophic Storm Risk legislation (A3236)

Letter to DEP Commissioner Jackson on proposed rollbacks to "Category One" exceptional waters program

Letter to DEP Commissioner Jackson on upcoming Water Quality Management Planning Rules

Comments on DEP proposed Flood Hazard Area/stream encroachment rules

Letter to DEP Commissioner on risks associated with old landfills

Letter to DEP Commissioner regarding stream buffer loopholes

Letter to DEP regarding upcoming freshwater wetlands rule reforms

Op-Ed on schools on toxic sites

Letter to DEP Commissioner Jackson on the Atlantic States foundry, Phillipsburg plant spill