Seven years after Superstorm Sandy damaged 2,200 homes and 1,900 businesses in the Meadowlands, New Jersey is embarking on a $150 million plan to defend the flood-prone region from the extreme weather events and rising sea levels that climate change brings.
Yet at the same time, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is backing plans by one of its aviation tenants to pave over seven acres of wetlands at Teterboro Airport to build more hangers and park more jets.
“You’re investing $150 million to protect communities in the Meadowlands while another entity is paying for something that could put those same communities at risk,” said Robert Freudenberg, vice president of energy and environment at the non-profit Regional Plan Association. “This is not as coordinated as it should be."
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