In the past couple of years, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) filed more than 100 lawsuits against companies seeking compensation for restoration of damages to natural resources caused by the companies’ discharge of chemicals to the environment. NJDEP also sought compensation for the public’s loss of use of those natural resources.
These actions were based on state statute, common law claims such as claims for nuisance and trespass, as well as the public trust doctrine.
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