There will likely be a need for an administrative hearing, a legal proceeding where a judge determines the parameters of the permit, in order to make it strong enough to satisfy the residents, said Bateman. But they likely still won't be happy. The DEP can only mandate so much; the rest is up to the city itself.
"Ultimately it all gets down to a matter of priorities," said Buckhorn.
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