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  • Reports | Environment New Jersey
    Extreme Weather Map Fact Sheet Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Stuck at the Station Public transit is more than just getting from Point A to Point B it s the future engine of success for our state with the potential to create a stronger economy cleaner environment and more equitable transportation options for low and moderate income residents Yet despite transit s clear benefit to New Jersey the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world class public transit system that is reliable and affordable Read more about Stuck at the Station Report Environment America America s Next Top Polluter Tyson Foods Inc is one of the world s largest producers of meat and poultry The company s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers factory farm operations fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat and waste from its processing plants Read more about America s Next Top Polluter 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 Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Shining Cities America s major cities have played key roles in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap significant benefits from solar energy adoption As population

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports (2016-05-01)
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  • Doug O'Malley | Environment New Jersey
    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 Environment New Jersey Staff Doug O Malley Director 732 659 1025 Follow DougOMalleyENJ Contact person by email Doug O Malley is Environment New Jersey s director Doug has worked on a broad array of environmental issues over the last 15 years in Trenton His work has included campaigns to protect New Jersey s waterways from fracking waste and clean up New Jersey s air building public support for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI to combat global warming fast tracking New Jersey s clean energy economy through expansion of solar off shore wind and energy efficiency and fighting against the expansion of fossil fuel projects around the state As a clean water advocate he ran successful campaigns to protect some of the state s largest reservoirs and rivers from development close to their banks and directed citizen outreach offices coordinating a staff of 20 to educate more than 60 000 Central Jersey citizens on their doorsteps on pressing environmental issues He serves on the board of the Work Environment Council Environment America and Environmental

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/staff/nje/doug-omalley (2016-05-01)
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  • Results | Environment New Jersey
    the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Working together we can defend the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative a program that cuts pollution and funds clean energy across the Northeast When Gov Christie moved to kill the program we united tens of thousands of New Jerseyans took the governor to court and won a major legal victory Read more Result We re restoring Clean Water Act protections More than 800 000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act And in May they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands 60 of streams and drinking water for 117 million Americans Result We extended critical wind power incentives As fiscal cliff negotiations stalled toward the end of 2013 crucial federal incentives for clean renewable wind power were in danger of being eliminated Environment New Jersey called on Congress to extend these incentives In the 11th hour we succeeded President Obama and congressional leaders agreed to extend these critical incentives ensuring the continued growth of wind power in New Jersey Result We secured monumental clean car standards On July 29th 2011 President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025 The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54 5 miles per galllon Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending EPA hearings in support of the standards Result We re keeping New Jersey safe from fracking waste When drilling companies tried to dump fracking waste into our waterways including some of the 1 2 billion gallons of benzene laden heavy metal ridden highly toxic and even radioactive wastewater from Pennsylvania we jumped into action to make

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  • Save the Delaware From Drilling | Environment New Jersey
    mobilize New Jerseyans across the state to oppose the governor on this issue and provide enough pressure to change his mind We refuse to stand by and let Gov Christie drill the Delaware and we have a plan to defend the Delaware River We re working to bring New Jersey residents from all walks of life to protect the Delaware All of us students scientists hikers teachers anglers tourism businesses and New Jerseyans across the state have something to fight for We ve worked the halls of Trenton on this issue educating lawmakers and even the governor s staff about the dangers of gas drilling and shined a spotlight in the media on this issue With your help we can win for the Delaware Thousands of you have joined the fight Across the state you re calling or emailing your legislators signing petitions spreading the word to family and friends and attending the Trenton War Memorial rally in November Your activism and our advocacy are a powerful combination Gov Chrisite has been forced back on this heels and he s not actively engaging in this issue But he s not giving up the fight and neither can we We need you to get involved if we re going to convince the governor to protect the Delaware once and for all If enough of us speak out we can ensure that gas drillers won t become our new neighbors Drilling Updates News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center 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 The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities during their December board meeting voted to approve the petition to approve the South Jersey Gas pipeline through the Pinelands National Reserve to repower B L England a historic coal peaker plant as a full time natural gas plant The decision to approve the pipeline by the BPU and repower the B L England will create the largest global warming polluter in South Jersey and circumvents the role of the Pinelands Commission Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Clean and Green Forum Puts Focus on Capital City in Debate on PennEast Pipeline Fracking and the Green Job Economy A week after PennEast officially applied to FERC to build a massive gas pipeline through Central Jersey the League of Women Voters of New Jersey the Citizens Campaign and Environment New Jersey organized an educational forum in Trenton to discuss the potential impact of the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in the Delaware River watershed on Trenton s drinking water as well as the economic benefits of long term green jobs Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Obama Administration Drilling Announcement Puts East Coast Jersey Shore in Big Oil s Crosshairs As the fifth anniversary of the the BP oil spill disaster approaches Environment New Jersey criticized the Obama Administration for calling for the lifting of

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/save-delaware-drilling (2016-05-01)
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  • It's time to reveal America's next top polluter ... | Environment New Jersey
    According to the U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA agriculture is one of the largest sources of pollution for more than 100 000 miles of rivers and streams in the United States along with 2 500 square miles of lakes and 2 900 square miles of estuaries These waters are so polluted that they are unsafe for fishing swimming and or wildlife This agribusiness pollution is a leading cause of the dead zones that plague waters from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico Agribusiness pollution is so severe that it is beginning to threaten our drinking water as well In Ohio runoff from agribusiness operations contributed to a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie which contaminated the drinking water for 500 000 people around Toledo with cyanotoxins in 2014 In Iowa nitrate pollution from agribusiness operations have so badly polluted the Raccoon River that Des Moines is now suing three counties for failing to stop contamination of its main drinking water source From manure runoff to direct dumping Agribusiness pollution runs throughout the industry s operations from factory farm manure to fertilizer and pesticide runoff from fields to direct dumping from processing plants Factory farms concentrate so many animals in one location that the volume of manure is virtually impossible to keep out of the water By and large the practices needed to curb this pollution are well known including buffer zones cover crops reduced fertilizer use and holding factory farms accountable for every pound of poop they generate But these big companies won t stop polluting unless the public demands it It s time to reveal the truth Unfortunately few people really know about how corporate agribusiness is polluting our waterways Before we can press corporate agribusinesses to change or our elected officials to force them to change we need to educate the public to get people to make the connection between megafarms and water pollution in the same way they do with big oil or big chemical companies or big pipelines or big sewage plants That s why we need you help to reveal America s next top polluter Clean Water Updates News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Environmental Groups Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules An array of citizens state and local environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection NJDEP for promulgated regulations on coastal development the first since Hurricane Sandy that were finalized last summer Environment New Jersey Save Barnegat Bay and residents from Eagleswood along the Barnegat Bay filed a notice of appeal with the state Superior Court to challenge the NJDEP s omnibus coastal regulations which amended coastal permit program rules and the Coastal Zone Management Rules The NJDEP overhaul received vociferous public opposition Keep Reading Report Environment America America s Next Top Polluter Tyson Foods Inc is one of the world s largest producers of meat and poultry The company s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/cae/its-time-reveal-americas-next-top-polluter (2016-05-01)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment New Jersey
    Pacific Gas Electric from climate deniers in Congress to the Koch brothers that are not only standing in the way but using their financial might and political clout to roll back renewable energy s progress Join our call and help your community go 100 renewable The more people who join our call for 100 renewable power the more local state national and corporate leaders will step up and take action that will make a difference now and get us on the right track for the future Adam Perri Why wait And we can t wait Scientists say we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by 2050 in order to spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change And why should we wait Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today Why wait until it s impossible to leave the kids we know and love a safer healthier tomorrow Why wait when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy so it s no longer a question of whether we ll get to 100 renewable power but how fast Why wait when America has the responsibility the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100 renewable future right now Steven Gilbert We ve got the power We re ready for this Our national network has done more to promote solar wind and energy efficiency on the state and local level than any other group in the country We ve won clean energy policies from pro solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar and driving down carbon pollution Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one Add your name in support of a 100 renewable future Together we can do this A 100 renewable future based on 100 American made energy is 100 possible And it starts now Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Flickr 100 Clean Energy Updates News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Big Oil Beware the Ides of March Obama Administration Drops Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan That Endangered Jersey Shore Atlantic Coast communities won a major victory today when the Obama Administration abandoned its plans to open the Atlantic seaboard to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades Announced last January the initial plan put beaches at risk from Florida to New Jersey endangered marine life and would worsen our climate crisis Keep Reading Blog Post Extreme Weather Map Our new interactive extreme weather map shows weather related disasters in the United States over the last five years and tells the stories of the people and communities who have endured some of those disasters and other extreme weather events Keep Reading Report Extreme Weather Map Fact Sheet Keep Reading Blog Post Paris Climate Talks The Who

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/100-renewable-energy (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental Groups, Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules | Environment New Jersey
    The regulations had been blasted during the public hearing process by members of the public and environmental organizations Advocates criticized the regulations as failing to account for climate change s impacts including sea level rise and increased storm surges allowing more high density development and expanding coastal centers Environment New Jersey alone delivered more than 19 400 comments from New Jersey citizens across the state opposing the new rules DEP has chosen fast and expansive development over smart coastal protection policies said Mike Pierro a citizen plaintiff and Eagleswood resident who lives along the Barnegat Bay DEP should have taken this opportunity after Sandy to try and protect the Shore restore natural systems and improve our resilience against future storm surges and sea level rise Instead this is a lost opportunity that sticks DEP s head in the sand The NJDEP coastal development rule claimed the regulations only worked to eliminate red tape and increase governmental transparency However the rules retreated from NJDEP s statutory responsibility to protect coastal communities which the lawsuit details including The NJDEP Coastal Zone Management Rule created a system called permit certification This system allows developers to automatically receive permits via an online system without any governmental review or public comment There are new loopholes for marinas which allow for restaurants hotels and commercial establishments to be built in high hazard areas The rule accepts surfaces that are non porous such as lawns crushed stone and compacted shells as permeable which leads to increased storm runoff and flooding There are no vulnerability assessments to reconsider growth centers at all which would slate locations that were flooded during Hurricane Sandy for increased development including Mystic Island Eagleswood Twp and Tuckerton as well as communities along the Delaware Bay Shore These recently adopted rules are a bigger disaster to our coast than Hurricane Sandy With these rules the Christie Administration has clearly sided with developers and special interests These rules will not only fail to protect us from future storms and sea level rise they will actually put more people and property in harm s way They are even adding growth areas that will be under water The Christie Administration has clearly ignored the science of climate change and sea level rise said Jeff Tittel director of the New Jersey Sierra Club The New Jersey Sierra Club is looking to get approval from their national organization to join the lawsuit which takes time and they hope to join at a later date Instead of strengthening coastal protections they are actually allowing developers to write their own special permits and adding close to fifty loopholes which will be enough to let storm surges come through It will allow paving over our environmentally sensitive coastal areas while building behind sea walls that won t work This is going to increase flooding water pollution and actually hurt water quality in our bays and beaches We can choose to protect our coast clean up our storm water restore natural systems Instead

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/environmental-groups-citizens-file-legal-action-against-finalized-njdep-coastal-rules (2016-05-01)
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  • America’s Next Top Polluter | Environment New Jersey
    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 America s Next Top Polluter Company Profile Tyson Foods Inc Released by Environment America Release date Thursday February 4 2016 Download Report PDF Corporate agribusiness is emerging as one of the biggest threats to America s waterways contributing to dead zones from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and even threatening our drinking water Tyson Foods Inc is one of the world s largest producers of meat and poultry The company s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers factory farm operations fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat and waste from its processing plants While comprehensive data on Tyson s share of factory farm and fertilizer runoff require some calculation the company is required to report pollution from its processing plants to U S EPA s Toxic Release Inventory TRI Tyson Foods Inc and its subsidiaries dumped 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways from 2010 to 2014 the second

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/america%E2%80%99s-next-top-polluter (2016-05-01)
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