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  • Exxon & Gov. Christie, You’ve Been Served: Enviros File Legal Action To Stop Historic Environmental Sell-Out | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    and Teterboro Airport depot and many other contaminated sites around New Jersey This is not a settlement it is a sellout of the taxpayers and the environment We are going to court to do the job that DEP should do which is to reject this settlement and make Exxon pay their fair share This dirty deal should not stand Not only does it affect Linden and Bayonne but communities from one end of New Jersey to the other The DEP never gave the judge or the public any information on the 16 other sites or the hundreds of gas stations yet the Christie Administration included them in the settlement This makes this dirty deal even dirtier and the corporate subsidy even bigger Exxon must be held liable and must pay for the damages they caused to these communities and the environment We are moving to intervene in this case to represent the people since DEP is more concerned about Exxon We will go into court to uphold the public trust doctrine and make sure polluters pay for the damages to natural resources We are here to put the trust back into the public trust doctrine and ensure those people in those communities get the money they are entitled to said Jeff Tittel director of the NJ Sierra Club The proposed settlement was expanded to include sites that were not in the original lawsuit including 16 Exxon oil facilities around the state and more than 800 gas stations This case was filed in 2004 by the McGreevy administration for the damages that Exxon has done to the environment around the Bayonne and Linden refineries Exxon has been under Administrative Consent Order for the Bayway refinery since 1991 to clean up but little progress has been made We re asking to be heard because this is a bad deal for New Jersey taxpayers public health and the environment said David Pringle NJ Campaign Director Clean Water Action When you add up all the details in the proposed settlement it s a sweetheart deal for Exxon possibly less than half of one tenth of one cent on the dollar for an actual restoration It is a raw deal for the people of New Jersey The public the NJ Legislature and our members have spoken up resoundingly against the settlement and for polluter pays Governor Christie isn t representing the public interest and this isn t a fair deal The damage at the additional 16 other Exxon sites is extensive Most egregious is the Paulsboro Oil Terminal site along 34 acres next to the Delaware River in South Jersey In 1985 over 135 000 gallons leaked into the site Nine major additional spills were reported after the 1985 spill A 2009 report by the DEP found 118 million gallons of groundwater were contaminated on the site and the plume was expected to end up contaminating over 429 million gallons of groundwater across 63 acres Chemicals found in the groundwater include benzene toluene BTEX and

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/exxon-gov-christie-you%E2%80%99ve-been-served-enviros-file-legal-action-stop-historic-environmental (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action News Release Environment New Jersey NJDEP Coastal Rules Blasted for Doubling Down on Development Failing Climate Change Test The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection NJDEP proposed regulations on coastal development the first since Hurricane Sandy were blasted at the final public hearing by environmental organizations and the public Advocates criticized the proposed regulations as failing to account for climate change s impacts including sea level rise and increased storm surges as allowing more high density development and expanding coastal centers Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Governor Christie Moves Forward with Plan To Double Down on Climate Inaction After announcing its intentions to do so in May the Christie Administration today formally proposed to once again prevent New Jersey from participating in the regional program known as RGGI that limits dangerous climate changing pollution from power plants This action comes despite the New Jersey Legislature twice voting to keep New Jersey in the program overwhelming bipartisan support for pollution limits from state residents and a court ruling earlier this year that a previous attempt to dodge the limits was done illegally Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Report Documents Environmental Benefits of Electric Cars More than 220 000 electric and plug in hybrid vehicles are on America s roads today delivering real benefits for our health and our environment according to a new report Driving Cleaner More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution released by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center In just the last two years annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent The report shows that electric vehicles could prevent more than 493 000 metric tons of climate changing carbon pollution annually in New Jersey by 2025 the equivalent of saving more than 55 million gallons of gasoline per year Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Driving Cleaner America s and New Jersey s dependence on gasoline as a transportation fuel worsens global warming and threatens public health Increasing the use of electric vehicles especially those powered by clean renewable sources of electricity can protect the climate and help get us all off oil More than 220 000 electric vehicles are already on the road in the United States producing far less global warming pollution per mile than their internal combustion engine counterparts Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Wasting Our Waterways Industrial facilities continue to dump more than 5 8 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jersey s rivers and streams threatening both the environment and human health According to the U S EPA toxic discharges from industrial facilites are reponsible for polluting more than 17 000 miles of rivers and about 210 000 acres of lakes ponds and estuaries nationwide To curb this massive release of toxic chemicals into our nation s water we must step up Clean Water Action protections for our waterways and

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/home?page=10 (2016-05-01)
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  • Obama Admin’s EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4,000 Miles of New Jersey Streams | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    come The court rulings had put small streams headwaters and certain wetlands in a perilous legal limbo allowing polluters and developers to dump into them or destroy them in many cases without a permit In a four year period following the decisions the U S Environmental Protection Agency had to drop more than 1 500 cases against polluters according to one analysis by The New York Times First proposed in March 2014 the joint rule by EPA and the U S Army Corps of Engineers is backed by robust scientific review and has gained broad support across a wide range of constituencies Mayors brewers kayakers anglers small businesses and farmers have signaled their support New Jerseyans joined Americans across the country to submit 800 000 comments in favor of the rule last fall Environment New Jersey Clean Water Action Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association the New Jersey Sierra Club and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in conjunction with local farmers and businesses are holding a town hall meeting on the EPA Clean Water Rule tonight in Pennington and released a video produced by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network outlining public support for the rule The Raritan the Passaic the Hackensack the Delaware the Hudson and Barnegat Bay these water bodies define New Jersey But they rely on a network of streams and wetlands that have been at risk for nearly 10 years We are so thrilled that the Obama administration has finalized the Clean Water Rule and ensured that New Jersey s vital streams and wetlands are once again protected said Dave Pringle campaign director for Clean Water Action New Jersey s environmental advocates are among those pushing for restored stream protections for the better part of the last decade gathered more than 70 000 comments from New Jerseyans and held more than 150 000 face to face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act in the last year alone We applaud the Obama Administration for proposing a new rule that will help protect important waterways wetlands and drinking water for the American people This rule closes loopholes and ends different interpretations on how to protect clean water under the Clean Water Act These are called Waters Of The United States because they belong to all of US They do not belong to developers agribusiness or polluters They belong to the people of this country The same politicians in Washington that want to drill in the Arctic drill off of coast prevent action on reducing greenhouse gases and deny climate change are now trying to deny us clean water This rule will help protect habitat species and fisheries as well as prevent flooding and provide clean drinking water We are supporting the rule and will fight with those in Congress with a dirty water agenda that will take the side of polluters and try to stop this rule from going forward When Woody Guthrie said this land is your land he also included the waters Waters

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/obama-admin%E2%80%99s-epa-issues-rule-protect-4000-miles-new-jersey-streams (2016-05-01)
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  • Earth Day Hike Inspects Forest Targeted for Great Adventure's Solar Project Clearcutting | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    a large swath of forest lands a greenbelt containing exceptional natural resources at the headwaters of both the Toms River which feeds the Barnegat Bay and the Crosswicks Creek which feeds the Delaware River Clear cutting the forest would also lead to sediment erosion that would pollute two adjoining Category One streams one of the highest levels of protection the state grants said Emile DeVito Ph D manager of science with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation Advocates called the mitigation project proposed by Great Flags as inadequate They said that replacing an intact 90 acre forest with a replanting plan spread out over seven years in various locations around the edges of the solar facility or elsewhere within the park is not equitable As concerning is the rapid pace of the permit approval process by Jackson Township the Board of Public Utilities and the Department of Environmental Protection The current plan of clear cutting acres of upland forest is environmentally unsound Negative impacts of potential runoff the forest destruction wetlands and ground water issues endangered species and downstream impacts especially for the Barnegat Bay would create a long term liability said Denise Garner a member of the Jackson Twp Environmental Commission who opposes the project Especially concerning to advocates are the potential impact on the watershed for Barnegat Bay which continues to see declining water quality especially during the summer Barnegat Bay is under stress from over development and nutrient pollution The unnecessary removal of 90 acres of forest adjacent to a stream that drains to the Bay will contribute to the already poor water quality Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson should reconsider their plan and move the solar panels to the parking lots which could have a double environmental benefit by reducing the thermal impact of the stormwater

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/earth-day-hike-inspects-forest-targeted-great-adventures-solar-project-clearcutting (2016-05-01)
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  • Over 100 Attend Discussion on New Jersey's Solar Future | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Brunswick Piscataway Newark and Camden to set a goal of generating 20 percent of electricity in those communities from solar energy With over half the state living in places where the air is unsafe to breathe because of dirty energy use and the threat of global warming looming it s up to us to make sure New Jersey continues to be a leader in meeting our solar potential said Hilal Yildiz Solar Campaign Coordinator for NJPIRG Students Here in New Brunswick we re calling on Mayor Cahill to make us the first city in the state to commit to going 20 solar by 2025 New Jersey has over 33 000 solar installations 7 200 employed in the solar industry and the third most installed solar capacity in the nation Solar energy helps boost local economies reduce New Jersey s carbon footprint and save consumers on their electricity bills According to a report released last fall by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Jersey has the technical potential to generate six times the electricity its residents consume in an average year from solar power alone An enthusiastic crowd of Rutgers students community members and solar business representatives attended the event Audience members drove an engaging hour long question and answer session with after the panelists shared their visions for solar energy s future Several audience members inquired into how the advances in storage will impact residential solar users Because of Sandy and weather conditions because of cyber terrorism and cyber security storage is the future where solar users will be able to go off grid and still stay on power said Jeanne Fox Ex President and Commissioner of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities one of the event s panelists This will make renewables it Fox was joined by Mark

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/over-100-attend-discussion-new-jerseys-solar-future (2016-05-01)
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  • Go Solar New Jersey Civic Leaders Letter | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    join us in calling upon our state officials to commit to the goal of generating 20 percent of our electricity from solar by 2025 We can achieve that goal if we grow solar by approximately 21 percent annually The cost of solar is declining The cost of air and water pollution from fossil fuels is growing along with the threats posed by climate change Please help to set strong goals for solar in New Jersey to put us on a path to clean energy leadership Sincerely NAME AFFILIATION Senator Jim Whelan Legislative District 2 Assemblyman Daniel Benson Legislative District 14 Assemblyman Reed Gusciora Legislative District 15 Assemblyman Carmelo G Garcia Legislative District 33 Assemblyman Tim Eustace Legislative District 38 Freeholder Thomas J Sullivan Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Andrew Koontz Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Samuel T Frisby Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Ann M Cannon Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Anthony P Carabelli Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder John Cimino Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Pasquale Colavita Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Freeholder Lucylle R S Walter Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Committeeman John Graefe Bethlehem Township Councilman Anthony Costa Bloomingdale Committeeman John Moynihan Bordentown Township Mayor John J Cosgrove Borough of Fair Lawn Councilman Kurt Peluso Borough of Fair Lawn Councilwoman Lisa Swain Borough of Fair Lawn Council President Armand Pohan Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Joseph Cervieri Borough of Fort Lee Councilwoman Ila Kasofsky Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Michael Sargenti Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Harvey Sohmer Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Peter Suh Borough of Fort Lee Councilman Padraic Millet Borough of Highland Park Councilwoman Elsie Foster Dublin Borough of Highland Park Councilman Gary Potts Borough of Highland Park Councilman Jon

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/go-solar-new-jersey-civic-leaders-letter (2016-05-01)
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  • State Decisionmakers Call on New Jersey To Go 20% Solar by 2025 | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    pollution save consumers on their energy bills and boost local economies reads the letter organized by the advocacy group Environment New Jersey New Jersey has long been a leader in solar energy thanks in large part to smart forward thinking policies said David Beavers Campaign Organizer with Environment New Jersey This letter demonstrates that the political will to go big on solar is still very much alive in New Jersey At January s State of the State Governor Christie cited New Jersey s third in the nation solar ranking New Jersey trails only California and Arizona two much larger and sunnier states in the amount of solar installed However New Jersey has actually fallen from second place in the rankings since 2010 when Gov Christie took office Since taking office the Governor has diverted more than 1 billion from ratepayer subsidies on electricity bills designed to fund clean energy programs with more raids anticipated this year Solar energy plays a vital role in New Jersey in securing our future and creating jobs in the Garden State said Bergen County Freeholder Thomas Sullivan Jr In addition to helping curb our state s carbon footprint the solar energy industry creates well paying careers for installing maintaining and utilizing this fast growing field New Jersey has the technical potential to generate six times the electricity its residents consume in an average year from solar power alone according to a report released last fall by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center That same report found that going 20 percent solar would achieve carbon pollution reduction equivalent to taking 2 6 million gasoline powered cars off the road in a year New Jersey should continue to be a leader in clean energy Generating 20 percent of our electricity from solar energy would not only solidify

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/state-decisionmakers-call-new-jersey-go-20-solar-2025 (2016-05-01)
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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 Policy Center Wasting Our Waterways Report Documents More Than 5 8 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped in NJ Waterways Industrial facilities dumped 5 862 061 pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jersey s waterways in 2012 making New Jersey s waterways the 14th worst in the nation according to a new report by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center The Wasting Our Waterways report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in New Jersey and across the nation Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center EPA proposes first ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants Environment New Jersey applauded the Environmental Protection Agency as they proposed the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants the largest single source of global warming pollution in America The proposal would reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 The rule proposal once finalized will be the largest step the U S has taken to combat global warming pollution Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Gov Christie Trying to Double Down on Climate Inaction The Christie Administration has announced its intention to once again try to stop New Jersey from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI that limits dangerous climate changing pollution from power plants despite the New Jersey Legislature twice voting to keep them in place a recent court ruling finding its previous attempt was illegal and overwhelming bipartisan support for pollution limits from New Jersey residents Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Court Gov Christie Illegally Removed NJ from Climate Change Pollution Rules A New Jersey court ruled this morning that the Christie Administration broke the law when it excused power plants from complying with regulations limiting dangerous climate changing pollution The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled in favor of Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council in a lawsuit the organizations brought against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2012 based on the state s removal from from the regulations that implemented the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Delaware Water Gap Underfunded Threatened by Funding Cuts As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget a new analysis by Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center PennEnvironment Research Policy Center entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts exposes the challenges facing the Delaware Water Gap as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service Keep Reading Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/home?page=11 (2016-05-01)
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