A New Jersey Assembly committee voted yesterday to shorten a proposed delay on water-quality rules that has irked environmental groups.
The amended bill would give counties until next year to finish drafting a plan for limiting the zones in which sewer-line extensions will be permitted. The bill would suspend rules regulating, for the first time, how densely septic systems may be installed.
The original bill and a Senate version had put the deadline in 2012.
Environmental groups say the rules, approved in 2008, are needed now to protect the state's watersheds and control sprawl.