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  • Stuck at the Station | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Solutions Stuck at the Station Released by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Release date Thursday March 3 2016 Read News Release Download Report PDF Get our RSS feed Archives Blog News Releases Reports Resources Results Homepage About Us

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/reports/nje/stuck-station (2016-05-01)
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  • NJDEP Concedes in David & Goliath Barnegat Bay Dredging Dump Lawsuit But NJDOT Waiting in the Wings | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    find any magic solutions and they have already started worked on the site Once again we will have to depend on the courts to prevent this environmental disaster The dredging project would remove at least 139 000 cubic yards of spoils from the nearby Westecunk Creek which would be dumped at the end of Dock Road at a 26 acre site The DEP proposal was to make the proposed dredge spoil site a Regional Dredge Spoil Facility This will mean that after the first 200 000 plus cubic yards of dredge spoils are dewatered they will be excavated and trucked out of the site Then fresh dredge spoils from across the region will be dumped at the site to create an ongoing perpetual and industrial operation adjacent to to a wildlife refuge and residential community After 9 long years we are very pleased that the DEP has decided to throw in the towel We believe their decision to quit was due to the tremendous strength of our case They just had no answers to many of the facts that were on our side said Mike Pierro a plaintiff and Dock Road resident The Confined Disposal Facility is owned by DOT and would hold more than 225 000 cubic yards of dredge spoil material Hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of dredge spoils are proposed for a site directly across narrow Dock Road from a line of homes literally on the edge of Barnegat Bay A renewed effort by DOT to apply for new coastal zone permits would fall under revised Coastal Zone Management Act CZMA rules which explicitly expanded a loop hole to try to facilitate more construction of CDF sites like the proposed Dock Road location The current plaintiffs were joined by the Surfriders Foundation and Save Barnegat Bay which also filed an amicus brief on the Dock Rd case in February in a lawsuit against the finalized CZMA rules because of this loophole and other capricious aspects of the new regulations Among the environmental laws DEP violated is the Coastal Area Facility Review Act CAFRA which requires project applicants to submit a detailed Environmental Impact Statement EIS as part of their CAFRA permit application The DEP claims the project is exempt from CAFRA because the site was briefly used for a small dredging operation in 1983 when the property was privately owned It was then abandoned and over the last 30 years it reverted back to a natural area The previous owner and potential developers were unable to obtain DEP permits for even modest development The site is surrounded by the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the Barnegat Bay and was purchased by the DOT in 2006 Finally the DEP granted permission to fill 7 acres of freshwater wetlands without requiring detailed consideration of alternative sites based on the fiction that DEP was permitting the renovation of an existing CDF although dredge spoils have not been deposited there for more than 30 years and it has

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/njdep-concedes-david-goliath-barnegat-bay-dredging-dump-lawsuit-njdot-waiting-wings (2016-05-01)
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  • 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 | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory The report also showed that the carbon pollution equal to 1 1 million cars could be eliminated over the next five years with a rapid expansion in wind power off the Jersey Shore U S Wind is excited to be involved in New Jersey s renewable energy revolution New Jersey has enormous potential to be one of the leaders in this emerging market and we are glad to be involved in continuing the conversation on next steps with New Jersey s top policymakers and elected officials hosted by the New Jersey Offshore Wind Energy Forum said Paul Rich U S Wind Inc Project Development Director I m pleased to be participating in this important event It s a great opportunity to bring people together to discuss the benefits of offshore wind and the potential for it to be a part of the energy mix in New Jersey said Carolyn Heeps Development Strategy Manager RES Offshore Both the Legislature and Gov Christie approved a plan for the state s first major offshore wind farm in 2010 which became perpetually stalled The Fishermen s Energy s long delayed project would construct 25 megawatt wind farm three miles off Atlantic City could generate more than 500 jobs to the area already received a 47 million Department of Energy grant and could be constructed in only two years I would like to congratulate Environment New Jersey on organizing a great panel discussion said Senator Jim Whelan D 2 It is exciting to think about the benefits that offshore wind energy could provide to New Jersey It is now more obvious than ever that the Board of Public Utilities needs to act not only on the Fishermen s Energy project but also on implementing the bipartisan landmark offshore wind law that we passed nearly six years ago I am grateful to Environment New Jersey and Stockton University for hosting this worthwhile and informative panel said Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo D Atlantic New Jersey has the potential to be a national leader in off shore wind energy yet qualified projects are being caught in perpetual delay Now more than ever we need to find a way to green our environment and our economy offshore wind at both the state and federal level has the potential to do both 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 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

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/stockton-shore-wind-energy-forum-spotlight-road-ahead-wind-jersey-shore-wind-developers-and (2016-05-01)
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  • NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off-Shore Wind | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    megawatt project that would help provide clean energy jobs to the state while reducing harmful global warming pollution More than 1 5 million acres off the Atlantic Coast including close to 344 000 acres off the Jersey Shore have already been designated by state and federal officials for off shore wind power development and more are being considered These areas could produce more than 16 000 megawatts including more than 3 400 megawatts from New Jersey alone of virtually pollution free electricity These total areas of off shore wind development could equal as much as 16 fossil fuel burning power plants making offshore wind an attractive option for states developing plans to shift to clean energy to achieve the targets in Clean Power Plan recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA this August In response to the passage of the proposal by the State Assembly Doug O Malley Director of Environment New Jersey said There is strong demand for offshore wind in New Jersey and the passage of this proposal by Senator Smith and Senator Whelan is a promising step in the right direction New Jersey has amazing potential to be a leader in offshore wind and move towards a clean energy future With support from both the public and the state legislature we urge Governor Christie to support offshore wind Paul Gallagher COO of Fisherman s Energy said Fishermen s appreciates the continued support of the New Jersey Legislature We look forward to the Governor and the Board of Public Utilities recognizing the support expressed by this series of affirmative votes which themselves reflect the consistent support of the people of New Jersey for offshore wind development and the economic impact it will bring Fishermen s is prepared to submit a new project for BPU review using proven

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/ame/nj-legislature-acts-move-offshore-wind-power (2016-05-01)
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  • Big Oil, Beware the Ides of March: Obama Administration Drops Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan That Endangered Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    first rule is stop drilling the hole deeper The Atlantic Coast and the Jersey Shore should never have been potential sacrifice zones As summer beckons the President ensured his legacy will not include a future BP like disaster oil slicking our beaches This victory couldn t have happened without a multi state citizen effort to derail this fossil fuel plan Nearly six years ago President Obama proposed Atlantic Coast drilling which was then withdrawn in the wake of the BP disaster The Jersey Shore and our coastal communities would have been placed in an oil bulls eye with Cape May only 90 miles from proposed drilling off the Virginia coast Oil spills don t pay attention to state lines and the Shore s 38 billion tourism economy and our heritage was endangered According to the National Ocean Economics Program ocean related tourism and recreation generates three times the amount of economic activity Atlantic drilling was estimated to produce Last month a broad set of allied organizations including our colleagues at Environment America and Surfrider Foundation allies presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1 000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal More than a hundred coastal towns and cities including every town on the South Carolina coast and all but five on the North Carolina coast have passed resolutions against offshore drilling and seismic testing Citizens also turned out in droves to oppose the drilling plan with more than 1 400 people the vast majority against drilling attending public meetings last year including a hearing early last March in Atlantic City Sen Bob Menendez Sen Cory Booker and Rep Frank Pallone D 6 deserve special kudos for their robust opposition and clear calls to the White House to eliminate Atlantic Coast drilling from the proposed plan

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/big-oil-beware-ides-march-obama-administration-drops-atlantic-coast-drilling-plan (2016-05-01)
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  • 15 Years of Declining Investment in Public Transit Has Harmed New Jersey’s Straphangers, Economy & Environment | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    is even more severe when measured from the high funding point of 2004 the decline in capital funding is 29 percent from 2004 to 2016 This drop in capital funding for NJ Transit has been made worse by meager state support of NJ Transit s operating costs which has led the agency to continually use capital funds to literally keep trains and buses running The lack of investment has stalled all of the state s major transit expansion projects and has led to stagnant funding for maintenance of NJ Transit s existing bus and train assets New Jersey s declining direct state support for NJ Transit s day to day operating costs has also led the agency to increasingly rely on fare hikes and fund raids from other parts of the state budget to balance its annual budgets NJ Transit s train system suffers from more breakdowns and equipment failures than most other transit agencies in the nation and our regional peers Direct state support for NJ Transit has dropped precipitously by 90 3 percent between 2005 and 2016 The years of underfunding have forced the transit agency into cannibalistic financing practices and unsustainable funding raids just to keep the wheels turning said Janna Chernetz Director of New Jersey Policy for Tri State Transportation Campaign This has come at a substantial cost to the state in terms of economic growth and quality of life for its residents Last year NJ Transit commuters were forced to pick up the pieces of this broken transportation funding structure in the form of fare hikes and service cuts It s now Trenton s turn The coalition urged lawmakers to find a solution to New Jersey s transportation funding crisis one that reflects the importance of public transit to the state s future by adequately investing in both capital and operating expenses for NJ Transit And it urged legislators to do everything in their power to prevent riders from paying the price for years of disinvestment in the form of higher fares and less service NJ Transit s funding is in crisis and Gov Christie is AWOL NJ Transit suffers from a legacy of underinvestment which has created a generation of neglect for transit riders said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey and a co chair of the New Jersey For Transit coalition Transit riders can t ignore this crisis because they re stuck on trains and buses that are breaking down and already paying the highest fares in America We need the Legislature to stand up for riders to ensure we don t see another round of fare hikes and service cuts Advocates for low income New Jerseyans stressed that affordable reliable public transit options are essential to allowing those working folks to work and climb their way into the middle class If we want to grow our economy we need to stop making it harder for our workers to get to work and this means reversing the trend of disinvestment in

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/15-years-declining-investment-public-transit-has-harmed-new-jersey%E2%80%99s-straphangers-economy (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Action 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 News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Bridgegate in the Pines Part Deux Gov Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer Today New Jersey Pinelands Commission Chairman Mark Lohbauer was replaced as Chairman by Gov Christie s Administration in a clear case of political retribution for the now former Chairman s willingness to cross the Christie Administration by supporting protection for the Pinelands including efforts to block a 22 mile gas pipeline from bisecting the National Reserve The new Chairman of the Pinelands Commission was announced as Sean Earlen Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action 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 America Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider Due to overwhelming public support the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress the Barrasso bill the CRA measure and now an attempted budget rider Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost Keep Reading Blog Post Why we need the Clean Water Rule John Rumpler Why do we need federal protection under the Clean Water Act if there are also state laws designed to protect our rivers and streams The answer is that all too often state officials fail to enforce their own laws or side with politically powerful polluters Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center As Paris Climate Talks Kick Off New Solar Report Shows Newark As Top City Per Capita for Solar in Northeast New Jersey s cities rank among national leaders on installed solar capacity according to an Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Shining Cities report Newark ranks 16th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed the 8th per capita nationally for the amount of solar installed and the top city per capita in the New England and the Mid Atlantic regions with 78 watts of installed solar per person in the city Keep Reading 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 hubs they are home to the largest electricity markets and can have an important influence on the way we power our grid The report highlights top regional solar cities which includes Newark and makes policy recommendations on how cities can expand solar Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Featured Staff Doug O Malley Director Read more about our staff Research Policy Results Less toxic

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