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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Energy appeals the Board of Public Utilities decision to reject an off shore wind project off Atlantic City through the New Jersey Superior Court and more than 4 years after Gov Christie signed off shore wind legislation into law Read more about New Wind Report Builds Case for Moving Forward with Off Shore Wind in NJ Legislative Leaders Call Out BPU for Fishermen s Energy Denial Delay News Release Environment New Jersey New Jersey Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power Twenty New Jersey solar businesses issued a letter to the White House today endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U S Environmental Protection Agency s proposed Clean Power Plan Read more about New Jersey Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power News Release Environment New Jersey Environmental Groups Homeowners Sue NJDEP For Approving Massive Dredge Spoil Pile within the Barnegat Bay Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Ecosystem Two of New Jersey s largest environmental organizations Environment New Jersey and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation joined a group of homeowners to announce the filing of a lawsuit in Superior Court Appellate Division challenging decisions by the Department of Environmental Protection DEP to authorize construction of a massive dredge spoil facility to be located on Dock Road in Eagleswood Township Ocean County Read more about Environmental Groups Homeowners Sue NJDEP For Approving Massive Dredge Spoil Pile within the Barnegat Bay Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Ecosystem News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center On Eve of Largest Climate March in History New Jersey Leaders Call for Action on Climate as New Report Reveals State s Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants As international leaders prepare for the UN Climate Summit next week in New York and New Jerseyans

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=6 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    repeal rules implementing a program to clean up global warming pollution from power plants the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Read more about New Jerseyans Demand Action on Climate Citizens Speak Out in Favor of RGGI News Release Environment New Jersey 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 On the day the Department of Interior announced the proposed sale of leases for more than 343 000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off shore wind leasing a new report shows New Jersey could reap tremendous environmental and economic benefits from offshore wind of the Shore according to the National Wildlife Federation s report Catching the Wind State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power The report analyzes and compares the actions by Atlantic Coast states toward progress on offshore wind with New Jersey in the middle tier on its commitment making offshore wind a reality Read more about 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 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 Read more about NJDEP Coastal Rules Blasted for Doubling Down on Development Failing Climate Change Test News Release Environment New Jersey Governor Christie

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=7 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    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 Read more about Wasting Our Waterways Report Documents More Than 5 8 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped in NJ Waterways 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 Read more about EPA proposes first ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants 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 Read more about Gov Christie Trying to Double Down on Climate Inaction

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=8 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    passed legislation S1322 to keep New Jersey in RGGI The program s main opponent is the Tea Party affiliated group Americans for Prosperity a group funded by out of state fossil fuel interests including the multi billionaire Koch Brothers Read more about Despite Record Breaking Heat and Numerous Bad Air Days Gov Christie Vetoes Clean Air Bill News Release Environment New Jersey As Emissions in Northeast States Decline Economic Growth Outpaces Nation A new report by Environment New Jersey released today highlights the role that clean energy and environmental policies have played in moving states toward meeting targets for reducing global warming emissions while challenging claims that actions that reduce emissions undermine economic growth According to A Record of Leadership How Northeastern States are Cutting Global Warming Pollution and Building a Clean Economy New Jersey and the 9 other states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI have cut per capita carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent faster than the rest of the nation even as the region s gross product per capita grew 87 percent faster than the rest of the United States Read more about As Emissions in Northeast States Decline Economic Growth Outpaces Nation News Release

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml?page=12 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Stockton University Sustainability Trust and the Business Network for Off Shore Wind kicks off after the U S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management s BOEM federal sale last November of two leases for offshore wind energy development of 344 000 acres The forum will address how New Jersey fits into the Department of Interior s vision for expanding off shore wind on the East Coast the development plans for each off shore wind developer and the opportunities for New Jersey to become a leader of an offshore wind energy industry Read more about 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 News Release Environment New Jersey NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off Shore Wind On Monday the New Jersey State Assembly passed a proposal that could help resusitate efforts to bring off shore wind to New Jersey The proposal co sponsored by Senator Bob Smith D Middlesex and Senator Jim Whelan D Atlantic requires the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to reopen a 30 day period for Fishermen s Energy to resubmit an application for a demonstration off shore wind project off Atlantic City The demonstration project would be a five turbine 25 megawatt project that would help provide clean energy jobs to the state while reducing harmful global warming pollution Read more about NJ Legislature Acts To Move on Off Shore Wind News Release Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Big Oil Beware the Ides of March Obama Administration Drops Atlantic Coast Drilling Plan That Endangered Jersey Shore Atlantic Coast communities won a major victory today when the Obama Administration abandoned its plans to open the Atlantic seaboard to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/rss.xml/rss.xml (2016-05-01)
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  • Delaware Water Gap Underfunded, Threatened by Funding Cuts | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    are miles and miles of trails several beaches canoeing mountain climbing fishing and hunting access along with camping grounds and a section of the Appalachian Trail In a very real sense the government shutdown isn t over Republicans are continuing to shut down our national parks one day and one dollar at a time said Congressman Rush Holt D 12 Over the last three years the National Park Service has been cut by 315 million hurting park maintenance the availability of campgrounds and services to millions of park visitors It s time to end the slow motion shutdown and implement a funding strategy that will protect America s national parks Parks closures during last fall s government shutdown capped off the third straight year in which Congress cut funding to the National Park Service operating budget Additional cuts from the March 2013 sequester make for a 13 percent reduction in funding for our parks in today s dollars over this period Let s give our parks a fresh start in 2014 said Adam Garber field director of PennEnvironment If we continue on this path our grandchildren could be forced to explore parking lots and fracking wells instead of river valleys and mountaintops Death by a Thousand Cuts gives concrete examples of how the Delaware Water Gap has been affected by the funding 473 224 was cut from the budget for the Delaware Water Gap Seasonal staff was cut by 17 staff members The highly popular Dingmans Falls Visitor Center was closed during weekdays throughout the summer and fall 2 Water Gap sites were closed Kittatinny Point NJ and Milford Beach PA Hiring freeze for all vacant fulltime staffing positions Environment New Jersey and PennEnvironment were joined by Congressman Rush Holt D 12 from New Jersey and Rep Matt Cartwright D

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/delaware-water-gap-underfunded-threatened-funding-cuts (2016-05-01)
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  • Court Hears Argument Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    heard from the many citizens who support action to clean up power plants and from businesses and residents who benefited from RGGI when the program was still in effect in New Jersey Broad public support for RGGI in New Jersey Polls show widespread bipartisan support for action on climate in New Jersey with more than 80 percent supporting limits on carbon pollution from power plants More than 30 000 New Jerseyans weighed in with state decision makers in support of RGGI as it was first adopted Today s hearing is the first step to get New Jersey back on track in tackling climate change said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey New Jerseyans understand we have an obligation to protect our children and future generations from global warming s impacts In the wake of Hurricane Sandy which killed more than 30 people and caused as much as 30 billion in losses in the state curbing the climate change pollution that turbocharges our weather is more important than ever Rising seas will put trillions of dollars worth of private property and public infrastructure in the Newark New York metropolitan area at risk from flooding within the century RGGI can help New Jersey comply with forthcoming federal standards As part of the Climate Action Plan President Obama announced last year the Environmental Protection Agency will be creating federal standards to reduce climate change pollution from power plants nationwide EPA will issue carbon pollution standards for existing power plants this June and all states will be required to develop proposals to meet those standards by 2016 If they don t the EPA will develop a plan for them In all likelihood the EPA will consider RGGI to be an appropriate compliance mechanism Given today s arguments the broad support for RGGI in the state and the program s proven track record of success in neighboring states New Jersey could seize the opportunity to rejoin RGGI in order to comply with the federal rules The reality is one way or another New Jersey will have to start cutting pollution from its power plants in the near future said Dale Bryk Energy and Transportation Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council With neighboring states using a program that is not only delivering significant reductions in climate change pollution but lowering energy bills and creating jobs why reinvent the wheel Governor Christie should seize the moment and give RGGI another look RGGI has been an economic and environmental success Since it took effect in 2009 RGGI has proven itself to be a pollution cutting economy boosting powerhouse by Helping to reduce regional climate change pollution by more than 30 percent demonstrating that states can successfully clean up climate altering pollution from power plants just as they have successfully reduced emissions of arsenic lead soot and other types of power plant pollution Creating more than 23 000 job years aka one year s worth of work in the nine remaining RGGI states Implementing energy

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/court-hears-argument-christie-illegally-repealed-rules-clean-climate-change-pollution (2016-05-01)
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  • Pinelands Commission Testimony Opposing Massive Gas Pipeline | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Christie s fossil fuel agenda It is not the Commission s job to find a route for the Pipeline or help private companies realize their business plans The Commission s job is to protect the Pinelands This very MOA process is a complete Rube Goldberg affair except that it violates the principle of the Commission In order to allow this project the Commission would have to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement MOA that would allow them to waive their rules They can only enter into MOAs with public agencies for public development Since South Jersey Gas is a private company they are proposing to enter into this MOA with the Board of Public Utilities BPU But the BPU is a regulatory agency who oversees regulated utilities like South Jersey Gas They bear no financial responsibility for this project How can the BPU who regulates South Jersey Gas enter into an agreement on their behalf It is South Jersey Gas who will pay for the project make money on the project enter into work contracts for the project and assume liability for the project This is an illegal use of the MOA function Most importantly this MOA calls into question the integrity of the Pinelands Commission This has the appearance of an environmental Operation Bid Rig with lawyers standing in for bag men and educational centers standing in for repaved driveways An equivalent level of protection is a euphemism for anything under the sun This MOA requires South Jersey Gas to pay 8 million in order to ensure an equivalent level of protection for Pinelands resources 7 250 000 would go into the Pinelands Conservation Fund to buy land along the pipeline route We question the need to do this since much of this region is in the Forest Management

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/pinelands-commission-testimony-opposing-massive-gas-pipeline (2016-05-01)
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