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  • Despite Record-Breaking Heat and Numerous Bad Air Days, Gov. Christie Vetoes Clean Air Bill | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    one swoop of his pen The governor s veto comes as New Jersey suffers under record heat and extreme weather conditions Already this year the state has experienced a number of heat waves 3 or more days where temperatures exceed 90 degrees and temperatures have hit record numbers in Newark Trenton and many other towns and cities across the state Extreme heat exacerbates New Jersey s air pollution problems already some of the worst in the nation The extreme weather we ve experienced this summer is uncomfortable for all of us But it s especially dangerous for the young the elderly and those who suffer from asthma and other chronic lung conditions because it makes our bad air pollution even more harmful said Elliott By signing this bill Governor Christie could have cut that air pollution from fossil fuel fired power plants and moved us forward on clean energy Instead he s put politics before public health and the environment The governor s action today means more air pollution more fossil fuels and less clean energy for New Jersey in the long run Earlier this week Governor Christie signed a bill designed to promote more solar energy for the state and subsequently touted his leadership on clean energy alternatives for New Jersey Soon after it was announced that his administration will slash funding for clean energy choosing instead to divert these funds to the state s general coffers On the heels of that announcement the governor then vetoed the bill to keep New Jersey in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Actions speak louder than words Despite recent rhetoric by the Administration today s veto signals that the governor is not serious about ending our addiction to fossil fuels added Elliott RGGI is our state s only tool to directly control

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/despite-record-breaking-heat-and-numerous-bad-air-days-gov-christie-vetoes-clean-air-bill (2016-05-01)
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  • As Emissions in Northeast States Decline, Economic Growth Outpaces Nation | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Response Act requiring emissions to be lowered to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below current levels by 2050 Reducing Power Plant Emissions o In 2005 New Jersey officials joined with nine other Northeast and Mid Atlantic States including New York Maryland Delaware and other states in the Northeast to establish the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI the first program in the United States to limit global warming emissions from power plants sell permits to emit carbon and invest the revenues in energy efficiency and clean energy initiatives Cleaner Cars o New Jersey led the Northeast adopted the Clean Cars program to limit tailpipe emissions for carbon dioxide and require cars to have better fuel economy Expanding renewable energy o New Jersey and all the states in the RGGI program have adopted renewable energy standards and other policies to ramp up renewable energy In New Jersey 22 5 of the state s electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020 Improving energy efficiency o New Jersey and the other Northeast states have adopted a variety of energy efficiency programs including standards for appliances utility energy efficiency programs building codes and other programs According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy six of the top ten ranked states on energy efficiency are in the Northeast New Jersey ranks 15th in the nation See energy efficiency scorecard at http aceee org sector state policy scorecard There is strong support for programs to promote clean energy and reduce pollution in New Jersey said Elliott A majority of state lawmakers continue to side with the people of New Jersey in supporting these types of anti pollution pro jobs programs Unfortunately Governor Christie is out of step with this vision for a cleaner more prosperous New Jersey For example while the

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/emissions-northeast-states-decline-economic-growth-outpaces-nation (2016-05-01)
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  • 8.5 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into New Jersey’s Waterways | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    with exceptional water quality upstream to the fifth worst in the nation in terms of toxic discharges as it flows downstream The lion s share of the toxic pollution comes from DuPont in Salem County where toxics are loaded into the River with abandon The problem is that government agencies allow these discharges to continue by issuing permits to pollute a perverse interpretation of the Clean Water Act This has to stop if we want to provide a healthy economically sound Delaware River for everyone including the estuary and Bay that are so degraded by this overload of toxics said Tracy Carluccio Deputy Director Delaware Riverkeeper Network Environment New Jersey s report summarizes discharges of cancer causing chemicals chemicals that persist in the environment and chemicals with the potential to cause reproductive problems ranging from birth defects to reduced fertility Among the toxic chemicals discharged by facilities are arsenic mercury and benzene Exposure to these chemicals is linked to cancer developmental disorders and reproductive disorders Information is a powerful tool and reports like this are the reason I authored the law establishing the federal toxic emissions right to know program Communities need to know what s polluting their environment in order to fight for stronger water quality protections and better clean ups said U S Senator Frank R Lautenberg D NJ Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund Toxics and Environmental Health There are common sense steps that we can take to turn the tide against toxic pollution of our waters added Fitzpatrick In order to curb the toxic pollution threatening the Delaware River and other state waterways Environment New Jersey recommends the following Pollution Prevention Industrial facilities should reduce their toxic discharges to waterways by switching from hazardous chemicals to safer alternatives Protect all waters

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/85-million-pounds-toxic-chemicals-dumped-new-jersey%E2%80%99s-waterways (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 Read more about Bridgegate in the Pines Part Deux Gov Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer 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 Read more about Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline 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

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 Read more about As Paris Climate Talks Kick Off New Solar Report Shows Newark As Top City Per Capita for Solar in Northeast News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Going Once Going Twice Sold After Bidding Off Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies The Department of Interior completed its first ever auction of wind energy areas off the Jersey Shore this afternoon awarding two wind energy areas representing 344 000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off shore wind leasing to Res Americas and U S Wind Inc The bidding resulted in 10 bids for the South Lease Area and 8 bids for the North Lease Area and the final total sale price was nearly 2 million U S Wind Inc paid just more than 1 million for the North Lease Area and Res Americas paid 880 000 for the South Lease Area Read more about Going Once Going Twice Sold After Bidding Off Shore Wind Energy Areas Sold Off the Jersey Shore to Major Wind Companies News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center NJ Off Shore Wind Advocates Urge Obama Administration To Keep Moving Forward on Wind Offshore wind for New Jersey is closer to reality than it s ever been before and the Obama Administration is largely to thank said environmentalists public health advocates and faith leaders today The groups joined together on a national letter to President Obama and his officials with more than 275 organizations and

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=2 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Tranit Funding Crisis News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Tired of Waiting Feds Move Forward On Off Shore Wind Leases Off the Jersey Shore The Department of Interior announced this morning the final notice of sale of leases for close to 344 000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off shore wind development The competitive lease sale has been scheduled a month and a half from now on Monday November 9 and 13 companies have qualified to bid on the two leases for sale The announcement comes after last summer s proposed notice of sale and an extensive public comment period and five years after the signing by Gov Christie of the Off Shore Wind Economic Development Act Read more about Tired of Waiting Feds Move Forward On Off Shore Wind Leases Off the Jersey Shore News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Gov Christie Attempts To Duck EPA Clean Power Plan but Can t Ignore Climate Change The Christie Administration s decision to request a stay from the EPA s Clean Power Plan to rein in carbon pollution was criticized by Environment New Jersey The group argued New Jersey is on the front lines of climate change and needs to be a leader not a laggard and that EPA s Clean Power Plan is a sensible step to rein in carbon pollution from our power plants Read more about Gov Christie Attempts To Duck EPA Clean Power Plan but Can t Ignore Climate Change 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

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=3 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    more about Super Paddler Margo Pellegrino Welcomed At Rancocas Creek Homecoming After Paddling for 1 700 Miles for EPA Clean Water Rule News Release Environment New Jersey Climate Contrasts Same Day as EPA Clean Power Plan Finalized Gov Christie Formally Repealed NJ RGGI Climate Rule On the same day that President Obama finalized the nation s biggest step to cut global warming pollution Gov Chris Christie quietly moved New Jersey in the opposite direction on Monday The Christie Administration formally repealed the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection NJDEP rule that limits dangerous climate changing pollution from power plants and governed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program Read more about Climate Contrasts Same Day as EPA Clean Power Plan Finalized Gov Christie Formally Repealed NJ RGGI Climate Rule News Release Environment New Jersey Carbon Pollution Wild West No Longer EPA Carbon Plan Inked Huge Step on Climate To Tackle Fossil Fuel Plant Pollution Fossil fuel power plants will pollute 32 percent less nationwide by 2030 and clean energy sources such as solar wind and energy efficiency will meet more of the state s electricity needs according to limits on carbon pollution finalized today that are central to President Obama s plan to address climate change Read more about Carbon Pollution Wild West No Longer EPA Carbon Plan Inked Huge Step on Climate To Tackle Fossil Fuel Plant Pollution News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center The Path to Paris Report Documents Long Road Ahead for NJ To Reduce Global Warming Pollution New Jersey once poised to play a major role in U S progress to address climate change is falling behind neighboring states in reducing carbon pollution by 2025 mainly because of its decision to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI The state still ranks highly

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=4 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    the court to reject the proposed settlement Read more about Exxon Gov Christie You ve Been Served Enviros File Legal Action To Stop Historic Environmental Sell Out News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Obama Admin s EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4 000 Miles of New Jersey Streams More than 4 000 miles of New Jersey s streams including those feeding the Delaware and the Jersey Shore will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters and wetlands that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years Read more about Obama Admin s EPA Issues Rule To Protect 4 000 Miles of New Jersey Streams News Release Environment New Jersey Earth Day Hike Inspects Forest Targeted for Great Adventure s Solar Project Clearcutting Under overcast Earth Day skies a group of advocates Jackson Township residents and Gov Jim Florio hiked on adjacent property to the 90 acres of forested land that Great Adventure is proposing to clearcut to build the largest solar installation in the state to examine the condition of the targeted woods and urge Great Adventure to reconsider the siting of the solar installation Read more about Earth Day Hike Inspects Forest Targeted for Great Adventure s Solar Project Clearcutting News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Over 100 Attend Discussion on New Jersey s Solar Future Over 100 students community members and solar business representatives attended a lively discussion on New Jersey s solar energy future last evening at Rutgers University s New Brunswick campus The event was a collaboration between Environment New Jersey NJ PIRG Student Chapters Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment and Rutgers Engineering Governing Council s Sustainability Affair Committee Read more

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