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  • New Report Outlines the Cost of Pulling Out of RGGI | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the nine participating states to Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Avoid 8 million tons of lifetime emissions the equivalent of taking 1 4 million cars off the road Independent analysts predict that RGGI will generate 8 7 billion in economic growth and 132 000 job years of employment in participating states over the next 10 years while cutting power plant pollution by another 15 percent By sitting on the sidelines New Jersey is missing out on these benefits The State s Power Plants Face No Limits on Global Warming Pollution New Jersey s neighbors including Delaware and New York limit the amount of global warming pollution their power plants can emit That limit goes down every year As a result power companies are reducing their emissions and planning for a transition to clean energy States that participate in RGGI have reduced power plant global warming pollution by 18 percent since the program started in 2009 However New Jersey power plants haven t faced a limit on their emissions since 2011 The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that under current policy New Jersey s power plant pollution would climb by almost 70 percent by 2030 In response to the threat posed by global warming the U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA has proposed the Clean Power Plan the first national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and accelerate the transition to clean energy New Jersey and all other states will be required to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 or accept a generic plan developed by EPA If New Jersey is going to comply with the newly proposed Clean Air Act rules and help reduce carbon pollution by 30 percent nationwide rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the logical first step said U S Senator Robert Menendez The power plant limitations put in place under RGGI are an important piece of our regional answer to carbon pollution The report released today suggests that New Jersey would likely comply with the Clean Power Plan by rejoining RGGI New Jersey Citizens Support RGGI Over the past two months 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 In March the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that the Christie Administration acted illegally when withdrawing from RGGI without seeking public comment on such a major change in policy The ruling followed a lawsuit brought by Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council At a public hearing held in 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 noted that climate scientists agree

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  • New Jerseyans Demand Action on Climate: Citizens Speak Out in Favor of RGGI | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 or accept a generic plan developed by EPA RGGI is a program that undoubtedly benefited New Jersey s environment and its economy said John McKeon D West Orange Vice Chair of the Assembly Environment Committee Putting his lack of insight on both fronts on full display Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of it We ve seen job creation stemming from RGGI in neighboring states whose governors know that going green on policy means getting green into state coffers Governor Christie and his administration have stated incorrectly that New Jersey will not have to do anything additional to comply with the policy In emails responding to concerned citizens Governor Christie has written New Jersey is ahead of the proposed standards And Larry Ragonese a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection echoed this opinion in remarks to the Asbury Park Press However EPA modeling suggests that New Jersey would actually have to cut its power plant emissions by almost 60 percent below business as usual levels by 2030 in order to successfully achieve its targets under the Clean Power Plan See Attached Figure The Christie administration will have to develop a real strategy to meet the requirements of the policy and rejoining RGGI is the obvious solution The infrastructure of the program is already developed New Jersey has a history of participation and it generates revenue that the state can use to accelerate its transition to clean energy and make the goals of the Clean Power Plan easier to achieve Sitting on the Sidelines of RGGI is a Missed Opportunity for New Jersey RGGI has proven to be successful on many levels in the nine states that currently participate It is helping to reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy A big part of RGGI s positive impact on the economy comes because it replaces expenditures for fuel from out of state with local clean energy resources like energy efficiency Programs like RGGI allow a 43 year old company like ours to create new jobs stimulate the economy and to ultimately reduce greenhouse gasses while cutting energy use said Scott Needham President of Princeton Air and Efficiency First I urge the administration to rejoin RGGI and accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy According to a recent report by ENE Environment Northeast and by RGGI Inc since it launched in 2009 RGGI has already helped Reduce carbon pollution by almost 30 percent Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Create more than 23 000 job years of work Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Add more than 2 4 billion in economic activity to the region Independent analysts predict that RGGI will generate 8 7 billion in economic growth and 132 000 job years of employment in participating states over the next 10 years

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/new-jerseyans-demand-action-climate-citizens-speak-out-favor-rggi (2016-05-01)
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  • On Heels of Federal Proposed Sale of NJ Off-Shore Wind Leases, Report Shows The Immense Potential for Off-Shore Wind off the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the targets in Clean Power Plan recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA Today s announcement removes one more barrier to off shore wind in New Jersey said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey With this federal action it makes it even more critical for the Christie Administration to move forward with the long stalled state off shore wind program New Jersey s off shore wind potential remains immense and can power our state with clean energy for decades to come The proposed off shore wind lease area if fully developed could power more than 1 2 million homes The Wind Energy Area begins about seven nautical miles off the coast from Atlantic City A map can be found here Today s proposed sale notice is the first concrete step in providing significant amounts of clean renewable offshore wind energy to New Jersey homes and businesses said Rep Rush Holt D 12 Our state s ample offshore wind resources enough to power more than one million homes under this proposed sale will enable New Jersey to maintain its position as a clean energy leader and will assist the state in achieving carbon reduction goals established under the EPA s Clean Power Plan Highlights of Catching the Wind report include Areas Already Designated for Offshore Wind Development Could Power Over 5 Million American Homes This is a massive local clean power opportunity currently available to state energy planners with the capacity to power the equivalent of all households in New Jersey and South Carolina combined What s needed now is action by New Jersey s leaders to drive offshore wind markets and spur critical project contracts forward Offshore Wind Power Could Save Millions as Part of a Diverse Energy Portfolio Diversifying New Jersey s energy mix is critical for protecting ratepayers from price spikes in the volatile fossil fuel markets The report highlights a new 2014 study finding a 350 million per year reduction in energy costs from adding 1 200 MW of offshore wind energy to New England s grid Offshore Wind Power Will Spark Massive Job Creation In Europe 70 offshore wind projects across 10 countries are currently supporting over 58 000 jobs in both coastal and inland communities Today offshore wind power is a booming global industry with over 20 billion in annual investments projected for the next 10 years Offshore Wind Power Can Help States Meet New Carbon Pollution Limits Coastal states have a massive untapped pollution free energy source sitting right off their shores that can play a major role in meeting the carbon emission reduction targets required by the Environmental Protection Agency s proposed Clean Power Plan released last month Offshore Wind Power is an Environmentally Responsible Energy Choice As decades of experience in Europe indicates strong environmental requirements can ensure that offshore wind power is sited constructed and operated in a manner that protects coastal and marine wildlife This immense clean energy source offers an incredible opportunity to reduce Thanks to

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/heels-federal-proposed-sale-nj-shore-wind-leases-report-shows-immense-potential-shore-wind (2016-05-01)
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  • NJDEP Coastal Rules Blasted for Doubling Down on Development & Failing Climate Change Test | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the New Jersey Sierra Club We have a chance to rebuild New Jersey smarter and better Instead we are promoting sprawl and overdevelopment We can choose to protect our coast clean up our storm water restore natural systems But instead the proposed rules will make things worse We need rules that will protect our coast for future generations but under these rules the Jersey Shore we all love may not be there NJDEP s new rules simply ignore the science of sea level rise Other Sandy hit states such as New York Delaware and Maryland are rebuilding higher based on predicted sea level rise They are rebuilding an additional 2 feet higher than what is federally recommended the same height that Rutgers scientists recommended for New Jersey However New Jersey has failed to place such requirements on houses along the Shore and Barnegat Bay The lack of attention given to the science of sea level rise in the proposed DEP regulations is clearly at odds with other states The NJDEP coastal development rule proposal claims that the regulations only work to eliminate red tape and increase governmental transparency However the rules retreat from NJDEP s statutory responsibility to protect coastal communities including The NJDEP Coastal Zone Management Rule has 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 here in Tuckerton The NJDEP rules on coastal development fail to take steps to help protect coastal regions from flooding The rules weaken current requirements aimed at controlling the creation of stormwater If New Jersey truly wanted to minimize storm water runoff it should consider modeling itself off of the city of Philadelphia The city has created a storm water utility which collects a small fee from Philadelphia residents to go towards green infrastructure that reduces flooding within the urban area Such infrastructure includes storm water tree trenches storm water planters and pervious pavement The proposed NJDEP rules provide for no such innovative and proactive approaches to dealing with storm water Instead the rules actively allow development that would only increase the amount of flooding within coastal regions Especially troubling is DEP s stealth relaxation of siting controls on Confined Disposal Facilities CDF said William Potter attorney for residents of Eagleswood Township Ocean County challenging DEP approvals for construction of the largest CDF in the Mid Atlantic region A CDF is a kind of open air landfill for dumping frequently toxic dredge spoils Potter added Due to their environmental

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  • Governor Christie Moves Forward with Plan To Double Down on Climate Inaction | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    comment New Jersey residents have an opportunity to weigh in on the administration s move to exit the program this time around Environment New Jersey and NRDC encourage residents to share their opinions on whether or not Christie should abandon the program by September 5 by visiting http www nj gov dep rules comments Refer to DEP Docket Number 04 14 15 and include name and affiliation Residents can also give comments in person at a public hearing that will be held Friday August 8 at 10 a m at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection First Floor Hearing Room 401 E State Street in Trenton RGGI can help New Jersey comply with forthcoming federal pollution standards In response to the threat posed by global warming the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the Clean Power Plan the first national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants a key part of President Obama s Climate Action Plan New Jersey and all other states will be required to develop proposals to meet the goals set by those standards by 2016 If they don t the EPA will develop a generic plan they can adopt Despite all of the warning signs and the chorus of New Jersey residents and government leaders urging him to stop Governor Christie is continuing down on a path that ends on the wrong side of history said Dale Bryk Deputy Director of Programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council Christie can keep burying his head in the sand but the people of New Jersey and the nation will not RGGI has been an environmental and economic success Designed by a bipartisan group of Northeastern and Mid Atlantic governors in the mid 2000s RGGI has significantly helped reduce carbon pollution while at the same time supporting economic development creating new jobs and saving consumers money on energy in the nine states that currently participate According to a recent report by Environment Northeast ENE RGGI has already helped Reduce carbon pollution by almost 30 percent Cut electricity prices by 8 percent Create more than 23 000 job years of work Lock in more than 1 8 billion in long term savings on energy bills and Add more than 2 4 billion in economic activity to the region When withdrawing from RGGI in 2011 Governor Christie acknowledged that climate change is real and that it is already having an impact on New Jersey but expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the program but the facts now speak for themselves RGGI is an economic engine and pollution cutting powerhouse said Bryk New Jersey deserves the same benefits its neighbors are seeing from RGGI from less air pollution to more jobs and lower electric bills Action on climate is urgent and New Jersey residents support it Earlier this year the Obama administration released the third National Climate Assessment the most comprehensive report yet on the impacts of climate change on the United States The report was a combined effort of more

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/governor-christie-moves-forward-plan-double-down-climate-inaction (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Poised To Make History in the Race for Offshore Wind As the clock ticks down for Congress to extend critical tax credits for wind power a new report shows that with continued state and federal leadership New Jersey could be among the first states along the Atlantic seaboard with offshore wind farms Read more about New Jersey Poised To Make History in the Race for Offshore Wind News Release Environment New Jersey Final Green Light for Clean Cars Today the Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today s vehicles by 2025 drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in New Jersey and nationwide The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017 2025 and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54 5 miles per gallon standard by 2025 Read more about Final Green Light for Clean Cars News Release Environment New Jersey Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Northeast Governors Including Christie to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti Pollution Program New Jersey organizations today joined more than 300 others in calling on Governor Christie and other Northeast and Mid Atlantic governors to build on progress reducing pollution and promoting clean energy by improving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The coalition which includes environmental and public health organizations consumer advocates and clean energy and mainstream businesses highlighted RGGI s success to date In addition they called on governors to strengthen the program s pollution reduction targets and increase local investments in clean energy and energy efficiency measures that benefit the climate the economy public health and energy consumers Read more about Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Northeast Governors Including Christie to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti Pollution Program News

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news?page=11 (2016-05-01)
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  • New Report Documents Environmental Benefits of Electric Cars | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    on oil even when charged with coal fired power according to Environment New Jersey s report That s because electric motors are much more efficient than the internal combustion engine And as our electricity system incorporates more wind solar and other forms of zero emission energy electric cars will only get cleaner Ultimately an electric vehicle charged completely with wind or solar power can operate with little to no impact on public health or contribution to global warming Electric vehicles represent a key way to solve our fossil fuel dependence and the climate crisis while at the same time creating good manufacturing jobs said Rick Engler director of the NJ Work Environment Council Greening our electric grid and creating an electric car infrastructure must be part of a new green job economy With new advanced cars whether a plug in hybrid model like the Chevy Volt or a fully electric model like the Nissan Leaf or the Tesla Model S Americans can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone Thanks in part to smart clean cars policies adopted by states like New Jersey and the Obama administration most major automobile manufacturers are now offering fully electric or plug in hybrid electric vehicles powered primarily by electricity instead of gasoline Consumers ability to purchase EVs should not be limited by government in fact just the opposite said Chuck Feinberg chairman of the Clean Cities Coalition This Environment New Jersey report points out in a very clear way the need for our leaders to lead all levels of government should actively promote the proliferation of EVs EVs can and will play a critical role in advancing our economic energy and environmental security The Legislature has started to take steps to bolster electric car infrastructure including bills to encourage development of electric vehicle charging stations in transportation projects A1719 as well as requiring the electric vehicle recharging stations at rest areas along the Turnpike Parkway A17128 and a public private pilot program for charging stations A2668 However there is much more state government can do to accelerate the market for electric vehicles and make them a viable and attractive choice for more drivers The report recommends the following New Jersey should follow through on the ambitious goals for electric vehicle deployment set through the Zero Emission Vehicle program Right now the state is falling behind Eight other states including New York are following through with the electric vehicle action plan announced at the end of May including many of our Northeast neighbors The Zero Emission Vehicle ZEV Action Plan is aimed at spurring sales of 3 3 million zero emission vehicles by 2025 through consumer incentives and regulatory action New Jersey should work with neighboring states to accelerate electric vehicle deployment not ignore them Among the actions outlined in the eight state alliance s plan are efforts to promote installation of recharging stations at workplaces expanding both cash and noncash incentives for consumers to buy electric cars push dealers to more aggressively promote

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/tesla-bill-waits-action-state-senate-new-report-documents-environmental-benefits-electric (2016-05-01)
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  • Wasting Our Waterways Report Documents More Than 5.8 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped in NJ Waterways | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    on the clean water rule began the day before Earth Day and was recently extended into the fall New Jersey s waterways shouldn t be a polluter s dumping ground Our waterways are not a private sewer said O Malley If we want all our streams and rivers to be clean we must restore Clean Water Act protections to all of our waterways this year Background on Linden Bayway Refinery The Linden Bayway Refinery has had environmental conflicts throughout its history In 2003 the New Jersey DEP and OSHA placed the refinery under scrutiny when an abnormal cancer rate was found amongst its workers The refinery has also been cited almost 200 times since 2005 in violation of regulations set by the state The Tremley Point section of Linden was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy A 15 foot tidal surge overtook the city destroying homes roads and washing up hazardous material such as a 150 gallon diesel tank Flooding from the tidal surge impacted 20 to 30 houses in the Tremley Point neighborhood in Linden Tremley Point also faced damages from the storm due to its close proximity to the Bayway Refinery The superstorm caused oil to spill from the refinery and flow towards the city leaving a harsh fuel smell in the air We have seen the full force of Hurricane Sandy in our coastal communities with the obvious devastation of structures but what is less dramatic and just as devastating was the storm surge of toxic chemical slime that entered the homes and basements of whole communities Tremley Point is one such example We will not be able to control Nature but we can certainly enforce the Clean Water Act to keep our people and communities healthy said Georgina Shanley co founder of the Citizens United for Renewable Energy CURE Background on Paulsboro Refinery Paulsboro Health Problems The population in the region has been exposed to water and air contamination from the Paulsboro Refinery other refineries oil and gas pipelines railway transported hazardous materials Solvay Specialty Polymers Exxon Mobil and other processing and manufacturing facilities and storage yards that pose serious health risks and environmental pollution hazards Specifically the EPA data shows with stark numbers that outsized amounts of pollution dumped into the creek and river by the Paulsboro Refinery delivering this pollution downstream to communities and by tidal action up to Philadelphia s and South Jersey s major drinking water intakes on the Delaware The people in the Paulsboro region are subjected day in and day to air and water pollution from the Paulsboro Refinery and many other petrochemical facilities in this part of the Delaware River The public health and environmental impacts of this constant barrage of contamination takes its toll on the health and safety of those who live here unfairly exposing local residents and workers to layer upon layer of pollution as well as all those downstream who suffer the degradation of the river s water Combined with other sources of pollution such as

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