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  • Protect the Jersey Shore Updates | Environment New Jersey
    Plan That Endangered Jersey Shore 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 Read more about Environmental Groups Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Shelter from the Storm New Jersey s wetlands protect our homes and businesses from damaging flooding while helping to clean our water and provide habitat for wildlife To safeguard our wetlands we need to ensure that they enjoy the full protection of the federal Clean Water Act Read more about Shelter from the Storm News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center EPA Clean Water Rule To Take Effect Tomorrow Protecting Wetlands More than 4 000 Miles of New Jersey Streams Developers can no longer pave over wetlands and oil companies can no longer dump into streams unheeded thanks to the Obama Administration s Clean Water Rule that takes effect tomorrow The action will protect the streams that feed the Delaware River and the Shore as well as drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans and more than half of New Jersey residents Read more about EPA Clean Water Rule To Take Effect Tomorrow Protecting Wetlands More than 4 000 Miles of New Jersey Streams

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/node/29921/content (2016-05-01)
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  • Shelter from the Storm | Environment New Jersey
    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 Protect the Jersey Shore Shelter from the Storm How Wetlands Protect Our Communities from Flooding Released by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Release date Thursday August 27

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/shelter-storm (2016-05-01)
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  • Wasting Our Waterways | Environment New Jersey
    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 Protect the Jersey Shore Wasting Our Waterways Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act Released by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Release date Thursday

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/wasting-our-waterways (2016-05-01)
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  • Wasting our Waterways 2012 | Environment New Jersey
    The Ohio River ranked first for toxic discharges in 2010 followed by the Mississippi River and the New River in Virginia and North Carolina This represents a small 2 6 percent decrease in the overall volume of toxic releases since the previous edition of this report released in 2009 and based on data from 2007 Nitrate compounds which can cause serious health problems in infants if found in drinking water and which contribute to oxygen depleted dead zones in waterways were by far the largest toxic releases in terms of overall volume Small as well as large waterways received heavy doses of toxics Because of a single large release of arsenic and metal compounds from a Nevada gold mine into three small creeks the combined discharges of developmental toxicants in those creeks were larger than the discharges of such toxicants to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers combined Toxic releases continued in already damaged waterways The Calumet River system in Indiana and Illinois home to five different Superfund toxic waste sites and at one time so polluted that not even sludge worms could live there ranked high on the list of developmental and reproductive toxic releases due to ongoing discharges from steel mills and an oil refinery Toxic chemicals linked to serious health effects were released in large amounts to America s waterways in 2010 Industrial facilities discharged approximately 1 5 million pounds of chemicals linked to cancer to more than 1 000 waterways during 2010 Nevada s Burns Creek received the largest volume of carcinogenic releases with a small neighboring creek placing third The Mississippi River Ohio River and Tennessee River also suffered large releases of carcinogens Pulp and paper mills gold mines and chemical manufacturers were the industries that released the greatest volume of carcinogenic chemicals in 2010 About 626 000 pounds of chemicals linked to developmental disorders were discharged into more than 900 waterways Burns Creek in Nevada a small waterway near a gold mine suffered the greatest amount of developmental toxicant discharges followed by the Kanawha River in West Virginia and the Mississippi River Gold mining was the largest source of developmental toxicants followed by pesticide manufacturing and fossil fueled power generation Approximately 354 000 pounds of chemicals linked to reproductive disorders were released to more than 900 waterways West Virginia s Kanawha River received the heaviest dose of reproductive toxicants followed by the Mississippi Ohio and Brazos rivers Discharges of persistent bioaccumulative toxics including dioxin and mercury organochlorines and phthalates are also widespread Safer industrial practices can reduce or eliminate discharges of these and other dangerous substances to America s waterways To protect the public and the environment from toxic releases the United States should prevent pollution by requiring industries to reduce their use of toxic chemicals and restore and strengthen Clean Water Act protections for all of America s waterways The United States should restore Clean Water Act protections to all of America s waterways and improve enforcement of the Clean Water Act The Obama

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/wasting-our-waterways-2012 (2016-05-01)
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  • 2012 Legislative Agenda | Environment New Jersey
    our environment resources to help 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 2012 Legislative Agenda Released by Environment New Jersey Release date Thursday March 1 2012 Download Report PDF Reports by

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/2012-legislative-agenda (2016-05-01)
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  • Groundhog Day, Christie and RGGI: Perfect Together Governor Blows Off Legislative Regulatory RGGI Overide | Environment New Jersey
    to rejoin the program Even though overriding the NJDEP regulations won t put New Jersey back in the RGGI program it will reassert the intent of the Legislature Governor Christie clearly thumbed his nose at the Legislature by pulling out of the rules governing RGGI Both the Senate and the Assembly took the first step to assert legislative intent and they can t be conveniently ignored Three plus years after Sandy Gov Christie says that our climate isn t in crisis It s time for the Legislature to remind Gov Christie he can ignore climate science but he can t ignore legislative intent RGGI Background RGGI is 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 In the summer of 2014 the Christie Administration responded by proposing to formally repeal the rules implanting RGGI In December the General Assembly voted 46 32 to override the Christie Administration s regulatory action by NJDEP 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 In 2014 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 in August 2014 only one speaker opposed RGGI and action on global warming

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/groundhog-day-christie-and-rggi-perfect-together-governor-blows-legislative-regulatory-rggi (2016-05-01)
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  • Report Shows New Jersey #1 in Off-Shore Wind Potential & Poised To Benefit Most from Federal Tax Credit Extension | Environment New Jersey
    state limits on carbon pollution from power plants and encourages clean energy development and attempting to determine how to comply with the carbon reductions required for New Jersey Regardless of the Clean Power Plan off shore wind is a key component to meeting the state s renewable portfolio standard requirement of generating 22 5 renewable energy by 2021 The BPU has consistently delayed implementing an Off Shore Wind Renewable Energy Credit program and the latest update to the state Energy Master Plan downplayed the importance of off shore wind in meeting New Jersey s renewable energy benchmarks In November the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BOEM successfully auctioned off the two wind energy areas off the Jersey Shore totaling 344 000 acres The off shore wind leases were awarded to Res Americas and U S Wind Inc and the final total sale price was nearly 2 million The wind energy area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast from Atlantic City shown here and extend 21 nautical miles off the Shore The omnibus budget bill which passed Congress and signed into law by President Obama right before Christmas included an unexpected boon for the clean energy industry with the five year extension of a key clean energy tax credit for the wind industry the production tax credit PTC as well as the investment tax credit ITC The PTC expired at the end of 2014 and now will be extended through the end of 2020 The ITC was slated to expire at the end of 2016 and will now be extended through 2022 New Jersey stands to benefit the most out of any Atlantic Coast state from the extension of the PTC and the report estimates that New Jersey would see the 7th highest increase in wind in the country because of the tax credit s extension Using Department of Energy modeling the upper scale of New Jersey s wind capacity could reach more than 1 950 megawatts of energy by 2020 The five year extension of tax credits for clean energy like wind power will be a welcome change for the renewable energy industry which has been hurt by uncertainty said O Malley The potential for offshore wind in New Jersey just got a big boost but the five year timeline means that endless delays can t continue The important of off shore wind for New Jersey was reinforced by the report s findings on New Jersey s wind power production in 2014 which of the state s with available data was ahead of only Delaware and Rhode Island New Jersey only produced 22 855 megawatt hours of wind power in 2014 which powered a little over 2 000 homes across the state Because of New Jersey s population density and wind patterns the only viable location for commercial scale off shore wind will be off the Jersey Shore To avoid the worst impacts of global warming we need to transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy said O

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/nje/report-shows-new-jersey-1-shore-wind-potential-poised-benefit-most-federal-tax-credit (2016-05-01)
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  • Turning to the Wind | Environment New Jersey
    2001 wind power in the United States has displaced more than 764 million metric tons of carbon dioxide more than a year s worth of CO2 emissions from the entire country of Canada After more than a decade of rapid growth wind energy accounted for 4 4 percent of total U S electricity generation in 2014 Nine states Colorado Idaho Iowa Kansas Minnesota North Dakota Oklahoma Oregon and South Dakota generated more than 12 percent of their total electricity production with wind power in 2014 In 2014 wind power in Iowa and South Dakota accounted for over a quarter of in state electricity generation Figure ES 1 Carbon Dioxide Pollution Displaced by Wind Generated Electricity 2001 2014 By renewing the Production Tax Credit America can displace even more carbon pollution a critical step towards protecting future generations from the worst impacts of global warming The uncertainty created by the on again off again Production Tax Credit has undermined steady progress on wind energy Since its inception in 1992 the credit has expired a number of times including at the end of 2014 A recent analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that renewing the Production Tax Credit would add between 10 000 and 50 000 MW of wind capacity to the U S energy grid by 2020 compared with projected levels of wind capacity in the absence of the tax credit Depending on overall electricity demand and the prices of competing fossil fuels the Production Tax Credit would avert between 4 2 and 20 8 million metric tons of additional carbon dioxide per year from 2016 through 2020 That is a total of between 20 8 and 104 2 million tons of avoided carbon dioxide pollution by 2020 Figure ES 2 Estimated Impact of PTC Renewal on Wind Energy

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/reports/nje/turning-wind (2016-05-01)
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