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Enviros ask NJ to toughen rules on storm pollution



POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Nine environmental groups are asking New Jersey officials to do a better job of limiting water pollution caused by storm runoff.

The groups say permits issued by state government for things like municipal sewer systems, highways, and developed sites should have tougher standards before they are renewed at the end of this month.

They want stronger requirements to capture polluted runoff using “green infrastructure” such as rain gardens, roadside plantings, and permeable pavement.

A spokesman for the state Environmental Protection Department says it will meet with various groups as it updates its storm water permit program.

The state says its permits all comply with the federal Clean Water Act, but hopes to improve the program anyway.