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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?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?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?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 (2016-05-01)
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  • Email Contact Form | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Donate Social Links Contact About Us Our Research Results News Email Contact Form Your name Your e mail address Subject Message Get our RSS feed Homepage About Us Contact Us Donate Our research Privacy Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/email/node/510/field_bio_email (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental Groups, Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    s impacts including sea level rise and increased storm surges allowing more high density development and expanding coastal centers Environment New Jersey alone delivered more than 19 400 comments from New Jersey citizens across the state opposing the new rules DEP has chosen fast and expansive development over smart coastal protection policies said Mike Pierro a citizen plaintiff and Eagleswood resident who lives along the Barnegat Bay DEP should have taken this opportunity after Sandy to try and protect the Shore restore natural systems and improve our resilience against future storm surges and sea level rise Instead this is a lost opportunity that sticks DEP s head in the sand The NJDEP coastal development rule claimed the regulations only worked to eliminate red tape and increase governmental transparency However the rules retreated from NJDEP s statutory responsibility to protect coastal communities which the lawsuit details including The NJDEP Coastal Zone Management Rule 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 Tuckerton as well as communities along the Delaware Bay Shore These recently adopted rules are a bigger disaster to our coast than Hurricane Sandy With these rules the Christie Administration has clearly sided with developers and special interests These rules will not only fail to protect us from future storms and sea level rise they will actually put more people and property in harm s way They are even adding growth areas that will be under water The Christie Administration has clearly ignored the science of climate change and sea level rise said Jeff Tittel director of the New Jersey Sierra Club The New Jersey Sierra Club is looking to get approval from their national organization to join the lawsuit which takes time and they hope to join at a later date Instead of strengthening coastal protections they are actually allowing developers to write their own special permits and adding close to fifty loopholes which will be enough to let storm surges come through It will allow paving over our environmentally sensitive coastal areas while building behind sea walls that won t work This is going to increase flooding water pollution and actually hurt water quality in our bays and beaches We can choose to protect our coast clean up our storm water restore natural systems Instead of protecting us from the next disaster it will make the next storm s impacts worse Other allied organizations although not officially plaintiffs on the case expressed concern with

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/environmental-groups-citizens-file-legal-action-against-finalized-njdep-coastal-rules (2016-05-01)
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  • Bridgegate in the Pines, Part Deux: Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey The other shoe finally dropped Two years after Chairman Lohbauer bravely opposed South Jersey Gas pipeline he was fired for not toeing Gov Christie s party line Chairman Lobhauer s integrity and independence were top rate and it s the public loss not to have him chairing the gavel The South Jersey Gas pipeline saga has become Bridgegate in the Pines Gov Christie has worked to usurp the independence of the Pinelands Commission by firing Commissioners who had the courage to oppose the pipeline Now he s replaced Chairman Lohbauer who cast a deciding vote to block the pipeline two years ago The message is clear if you step out of line with Gov Christie s administration you will be shown the door Three out of the seven Pinelands Commissioners who opposed the pipeline have seen nominations to replace them in the last two years Pinelands Commissioner Leslie Ficcaglia had served for 18 years before she was replaced in 2014 as Cumberland County s representative Pinelands Commissioner Robert Jackson had served for more than a decade before being replaced by Commissioner Bob Barr a political ally of Sen Van Drew a pipeline supporter last March The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard testimony in the fall of 2014 from Dennis Roohr a Gov Christie nominee to replace Commissioner Darcy Green who also opposed the pipeline While that nomination failed with today s announcement four of the seven Pinelands Commissioners who opposed the South Jersey Pipeline have been targeted or removed from the Commission The pall of Gov Christie s attempts to rig the Pinelands Commission certainly has become heavier with the efforts of the Pinelands Commission Executive Director Nancy Wittenberg to bypass a Pinelands Commission vote and public hearing process regarding the reapplication

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/bridgegate-pines-part-deux-gov-christie-fires-pinelands-commissioner-chairman-lohbauer (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Wittenberg s decision allowed the Commission to hide behind having a final say and let the BPU to rubberstamp this damaging pipeline The BPU has no reason to approve this pipeline because they have not determined the pipeline is in the public interest These decisions must be examined in court and should be overturned Not only will South Jersey Gas pipeline destroy environmentally sensitive land threaten our water supply but it will keep a polluting power plant called B L England This plant will be the largest source of greenhouse gases in the region despite the PJM grid operator modeling for its shutdown By serving a power plant outside the Pinelands whose gas will go into the grid and not serve people living in the Pinelands this pipeline clearly goes against laws in place to protect the Pinelands The Pinelands National Reserve is an ecological oasis not a convenient conduit for gas pipelines to tear up The attempt by Pinelands Commission staff to circumvent the public and the Pinelands Commissioners was a sneak attack on the integrity of the Commission said Doug O Malley director of Environment New Jersey We are proud to legally challenge this unlawful coup with the New Jersey Sierra Club The Pinelands National Reserve was created to keep out fossil fuel pipelines and the Comprehensive Management Plan can t be ignored to sneak in rubberstamped projects The Christie Administration s BPU has a love affair with natural gas pipelines and we shouldn t be building pipelines through the Pinelands The Christie Administration lost their previous attempt to ram through the South Jersey Gas pipeline through the Pinelands Commission and preceded to boot off Commissioners who opposed the pipeline We urge the Superior Court to reject this pipeline mulligan to protect the integrity of the Pinelands Commission

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org/news/nje/environmental-groups-sue-over-approval-south-jersey-gas-pinelands-pipeline (2016-05-01)
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