New Jersey lawmakers approve ban on disposing of natural gas drilling waste in state

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TRENTON, New Jersey — New Jersey lawmakers have passed a ban on storing in the state waste from natural gas drilling.

After passage in the Assembly Thursday, the bill heads to Gov. Chris Christie.

He previously vetoed a similar bill, saying it appeared to violate the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Christie has not said what he will do this time.

There is no drilling for natural gas, or fracking, in New Jersey, but it is a big industry in neighboring Pennsylvania. Some New Jersey facilities have handled the wastewater.

Environmentalists pushed for the ban on treating and storing the liquid, saying the measure would protect waterways and drinking water from harmful chemicals.

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