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  • Nothing to fear from clean water | Environment New Jersey
    The fact is those systems don t always work and in many cases are failing to keep water safe So in honor of what s really scary this Halloween here s a Top 10 list of scary water facts 10 The headwaters of 40 percent of Western rivers are tainted with toxic discharge from abandoned mines source 9 One in 10 U S beaches are unsafe for swimming source 8 Microplastics are polluting inland waters and oceans source 7 Fracking which is seeing an unprecedented boom has been linked to the contamination of drinking water supplies source 6 Of assessed waterways in the U S 44 percent of stream miles 64 percent of lake acres and 30 percent of bays are not clean enough to support uses such as fishing and swimming source 5 Toxic algae blooms are increasing both in their severity and geographic range source 4 Factory farms which are responsible for much of the nation s water quality problems are exempt from the Clean Water Act source 3 Industrial facilities dumped 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into American waterways in 2012 source 2 Our water infrastructure for both clean and wastewater is aging and failing at an alarming rate source 1 Nearly one trillion gallons of raw human sewage flows into our waterways each year source As if all that wasn t frightening enough the Clean Water Rule which is a big step forward to protect our water is under attack both in the courts and in Congress We have the opportunity to move forward on clean water but polluters are trying to take us backwards Another thing I find scary is just how effective polluters are at using fear to attack the Clean Water Rule If you believe their rhetoric the rule will result in

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/nothing-fear-clean-water (2016-05-01)
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  • Global Warming Solutions Updates | Environment New Jersey
    course correction Since 2002 New Jersey s annual capital investment in maintaining repairing and expanding its core public transit assets has dropped by an inflation adjusted 19 percent even as ridership has grown by 20 percent Read more about 15 Years of Declining Investment in Public Transit Has Harmed New Jersey s Straphangers Economy Environment News Release Environment New Jersey Groundhog Day Christie and RGGI Perfect Together Governor Blows Off Legislative Regulatory RGGI Overide Trenton In a move that shocked no one in the State House the Christie Administration failed to respond to a 30 day review of the legislative regulatory override of NJDEP decision to pull us out of the rules governing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI program The RGGI program is a regional nine state compact that reduces carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants across the Mid Atlantic and New England Read more about Groundhog Day Christie and RGGI Perfect Together Governor Blows Off Legislative Regulatory RGGI Overide News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline The New Jersey Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey are suing the Pinelands Commission and the Board of Public Utilities on their approval of the South Jersey Gas pipeline in the Pinelands Despite previous determination that the pipeline does not fit the needs of the Pinelands the Commission s Executive Director unilaterally determined the pipeline was consistent with the Comprehensive Management Plan This decision circumvented a public hearing and further vote by the Pinelands Commission which the groups contend violates the Pinelands Protection Act The environmental groups are hoping to overturn these determinations in the New Jersey Superior Court Read more about Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Turning to the Wind Wind power continues to grow as a source of clean energy across America The United States generated 26 times more electricity from wind power in 2014 than it did in 2001 But off shore wind s potential still remains relatively untapped especially off the Atlantic With the extension of clean energy tax credits wind power can play a vital role in reducing carbon pollution under EPA s Clean Power Plan and the transition to a clean energy economy Read more about Turning to the Wind News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Report Shows New Jersey 1 in Off Shore Wind Potential Poised To Benefit Most from Federal Tax Credit Extension New Jersey may have lost the race to build the first off shore wind facility in the nation but the potential for off shore wind power production is still highest off the Jersey Shore according to Turning to the Wind a new Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center report The report also shows that carbon pollution equal to 1 1 million cars could be eliminated by 2020 with a rapid expansion in wind power off the Jersey Shore Read

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/node/31806/content/blog-post (2016-05-01)
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  • Stuck at the Station | Environment New Jersey
    you create a cleaner greener future Connect with us Like Us Follow Us Contact About Us Issues Clean Water for America Solar For All No bees no food Stop Keystone Global Warming Solutions 100 Renewable Energy Save the Delaware from Drilling News Action Jobs Donate Report Global Warming Solutions Stuck at the Station Released by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Release date Thursday March 3 2016 Read News

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/stuck-station (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey
    Jersey NJDEP Concedes in David Goliath Barnegat Bay Dredging Dump Lawsuit But NJDOT Waiting in the Wings In a terse interagency letter the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection NJDEP announced that it was terminating the permits for the construction of a massive 225 000 cubic yard dredge spoil dump adjacent to residential homes the Barnegat Bay and the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Eagleswood Ocean County The action was directly related to a nine year struggle by Eagleswood citizens and a joint lawsuit filed by Environment New Jersey the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Eagleswood citizens in late September 2014 to block the construction of the dredge spoil dump Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Stockton Off Shore Wind Energy Forum To Spotlight the Road Ahead For Wind Off the Jersey Shore with Wind Developers and BOEM Deputy Director Keynoting Forum Today s Off Shore Wind Energy Forum hosted by Stockton University and co sponsored by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center the Stockton University Sustainability Trust and the Business Network for Off Shore Wind kicks off after the U S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management s BOEM federal sale last November of two leases for offshore wind energy development of 344 000 acres The forum will address how New Jersey fits into the Department of Interior s vision for expanding off shore wind on the East Coast the development plans for each off shore wind developer and the opportunities for New Jersey to become a leader of an offshore wind energy industry Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off Shore Wind On Monday the New Jersey State Assembly passed a proposal that could help resusitate efforts to bring off shore wind to New Jersey The

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/home (2016-05-01)
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  • Bridgegate in the Pines, Part Deux: Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer | Environment New Jersey
    Building Authority He works as a vice president at Constructural Dynamics In January 2014 Commissioner Earlen voted in favor of the South Jersey Pipeline Below is a statement from Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey The other shoe finally dropped Two years after Chairman Lohbauer bravely opposed South Jersey Gas pipeline he was fired for not toeing Gov Christie s party line Chairman Lobhauer s integrity and independence were top rate and it s the public loss not to have him chairing the gavel The South Jersey Gas pipeline saga has become Bridgegate in the Pines Gov Christie has worked to usurp the independence of the Pinelands Commission by firing Commissioners who had the courage to oppose the pipeline Now he s replaced Chairman Lohbauer who cast a deciding vote to block the pipeline two years ago The message is clear if you step out of line with Gov Christie s administration you will be shown the door Three out of the seven Pinelands Commissioners who opposed the pipeline have seen nominations to replace them in the last two years Pinelands Commissioner Leslie Ficcaglia had served for 18 years before she was replaced in 2014 as Cumberland County s representative Pinelands Commissioner Robert Jackson had served for more than a decade before being replaced by Commissioner Bob Barr a political ally of Sen Van Drew a pipeline supporter last March The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard testimony in the fall of 2014 from Dennis Roohr a Gov Christie nominee to replace Commissioner Darcy Green who also opposed the pipeline While that nomination failed with today s announcement four of the seven Pinelands Commissioners who opposed the South Jersey Pipeline have been targeted or removed from the Commission The pall of Gov Christie s attempts to rig the Pinelands

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/bridgegate-pines-part-deux-gov-christie-fires-pinelands-commissioner-chairman-lohbauer (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline | Environment New Jersey
    are suing the BPU and the Pinelands Commission to protect the Pinelands from this damaging and unnecessary pipeline Today we are doing the job that the Pinelands Commission is supposed to do which is to protect the Pinelands Instead the Pinelands Commission s Executive Director have worked with the BPU to sell out the environment to South Jersey Gas Even though the Commission turned this project down Executive Director Wittenberg unilaterally determined the pipeline is a private development for use in the Pinelands which is not accurate based on the Comprehensive Management Plan We are also suing because Wittenberg violated Pinelands laws by prohibiting the Commission from a further vote and prevented the public from having a hearing said Jeff Tittel Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club Wittenberg s decision allowed the Commission to hide behind having a final say and let the BPU to rubberstamp this damaging pipeline The BPU has no reason to approve this pipeline because they have not determined the pipeline is in the public interest These decisions must be examined in court and should be overturned Not only will South Jersey Gas pipeline destroy environmentally sensitive land threaten our water supply but it will keep a polluting power plant called B L England This plant will be the largest source of greenhouse gases in the region despite the PJM grid operator modeling for its shutdown By serving a power plant outside the Pinelands whose gas will go into the grid and not serve people living in the Pinelands this pipeline clearly goes against laws in place to protect the Pinelands The Pinelands National Reserve is an ecological oasis not a convenient conduit for gas pipelines to tear up The attempt by Pinelands Commission staff to circumvent the public and the Pinelands Commissioners was a sneak attack on the integrity of the Commission said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey We are proud to legally challenge this unlawful coup with the New Jersey Sierra Club The Pinelands National Reserve was created to keep out fossil fuel pipelines and the Comprehensive Management Plan can t be ignored to sneak in rubberstamped projects The Christie Administration s BPU has a love affair with natural gas pipelines and we shouldn t be building pipelines through the Pinelands The Christie Administration lost their previous attempt to ram through the South Jersey Gas pipeline through the Pinelands Commission and preceded to boot off Commissioners who opposed the pipeline We urge the Superior Court to reject this pipeline mulligan to protect the integrity of the Pinelands Commission and the ecology of the Pine Barrens The groups are suing in hope the Pinelands Commission reconsiders the pipeline s consistency with the management plan through a public process including a hearing and formal findings of fact which would reverse the BPU s decision In addition the groups hope to override the municipal land use authorizations that South Jersey Gas would otherwise need forcing the agency to proceed with authorizations in each

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/environmental-groups-sue-over-approval-south-jersey-gas-pinelands-pipeline (2016-05-01)
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  • NJ Assembly Votes to Override Gov. Christie on RGGI Rules | Environment New Jersey
    he can t ignore legislative intent The Assembly voted in favor of restoring rules to implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a successful nine state program that has helped to cut climate changing carbon pollution from power plants by almost one third in participating states since it launched in 2009 At the same time the program has cut electricity prices by 8 percent created more than 23 000 job years of work and locked in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills across the region At a May 2011 news conference Governor Christie said When you have over 90 percent of the world s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role it s time to defer to the experts Despite that acknowledgment Governor Christie withdrew from RGGI at the end of 2011 In response to a lawsuit brought by Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council the New Jersey Superior Court ruled in March that the administration had acted illegally in making such a major change in policy without providing an opportunity for public participation This summer the Christie Administration responded by proposing to formally repeal the rules implanting RGGI Today 46 Assembly members voted to override the Governor and restore the program with 32 members in opposition The Senate previously voted in October 2014 to override the Christie s Administration s regulatory decision to overturn the regulations governing the RGGI program that established carbon trading programs Sitting on the Sidelines of RGGI Is a Missed Opportunity A recent report by ENE Environment Northeast showed that New Jersey could generate almost 400 million in new revenue for clean energy programs through the end of the decade by rejoining RGGI Moreover rejoining RGGI would help position New Jersey to comply with the Clean Power Plan a new rule announced this summer by the U S Environmental Protection Agency to respond to the threat posed by global warming New Jersey Citizens Support Action on Climate Last year thousands of citizens have written or spoken to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in support of restoring the state s participation in RGGI The comments were submitted in response to a formal public comment period on the Christie Administration s proposal to repeal the state s RGGI regulations At a public hearing held last August only one speaker opposed RGGI and action on global warming while nearly 50 supported participating in the program including many parents and children Speakers at the hearing noted that climate scientists agree that global warming is a clear and present danger It is already having an impact on New Jersey from accelerating sea level rise to making heat waves and heavy downpours more frequent and severe The average temperature in New Jersey is about 2 F warmer now than it was in the late 19th century and sea levels are about a foot higher Sandy scale coastal flooding is

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/nj-assembly-votes-override-gov-christie-rggi-rules (2016-05-01)
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  • Christmas Comes Early For South Jersey Gas: BPU Rubberstamps Pinelands Pipeline, Puts Fossil Fuel in the Stockings of the Public, Local Towns and Pinelands Commissioners | Environment New Jersey
    Board s decision to approve the pipeline Today s BPU vote is a rubberstamp decision that circumvents the Pinelands Commission and the public The vote will lead to a pipeline that tears a massive ecological scar through the heart of the Pines and create the largest global warming polluter in South Jersey in a floodplain Even worse today s vote means South Jersey Gas gambit is one step closer to success Nearly two years after the South Jersey Gas was defeated by a deadlocked vote at the Pinelands Commission the Pinelands Commission has been fully removed from deciding the fate of the pipeline the public has been shut out of the decision making process and even the towns where the pipeline will run are being left out Today s BPU vote only reaffirms the Christie Administration s love affair with natural gas and arrogance at ignoring the increase in carbon pollution from approving another gas pipeline On the heels of the warmest year on record and the warmest December in New Jersey on record and the historic Paris climate agreement Gov Christie continues to assert that the climate is not in crisis and that the climate is always changing Notably BPU staff rejected any submissions outside of evidence presented by South Jersey Gas or the Christie Administration The decision to dismiss other evidentiary submissions including those of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance as merely opinions shows that BPU tilted the playing field Today s hearing was a kangaroo court presented by the BPU The decision supposedly based on a narrow MLUL zoning issue included a lengthy defense of the South Jersey Gas pipeline through the Pinelands and relied heavily on the submissions of South Jersey Gas There was no independent analysis of the project was considered or referenced no reference to

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/christmas-comes-early-south-jersey-gas-bpu-rubberstamps-pinelands-pipeline-puts-fossil-fuel (2016-05-01)
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