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  • Safe Energy | NJPIRG
    From Radioactive Contamination Assemblyman John F McKeon a long standing advocate of nuclear safety called for the immediate implementation of some of the safety protocols and safeguards recommended in the report released Tuesday on the threat to drinking water from radioactive leaks from nuclear facilities Read more about McKeon Calls for Stronger Safeguards To Protect Barnegat Bay Delaware River From Radioactive Contamination News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for Over 3 2 Million New Jerseyans The drinking water for 3 286 373 people in New Jersey could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant says a new study released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Law Policy Center and the Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Read more about Nuclear Power Plants Threaten Drinking Water for Over 3 2 Million New Jerseyans Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Too Close to Home In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies Read more about Too Close to Home Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Unacceptable Risk American nuclear power plants are not immune to the types of natural disasters mechanical failures human errors and losses of critical electric power supplies that have characterized major nuclear accidents such as the one at Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan Indeed at several points over the last 20 years American nuclear power plants have experienced close calls that could have led to damage to the reactor core and the subsequent release of large amounts of

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/safe-energy (2016-04-29)
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  • Court Recognizes Spent Fuel Safety Threat | NJPIRG
    for future leaks or fires and the Court rightfully recognized that threat New Jersey s four nuclear power plants produce hundreds of metric tons of radioactive waste every year and store that waste onsite Storing radioactive waste in our communities for any amount of time is a huge risk Even if an old plant like Oyster Creek is no longer operational the radioactivity of the spent fuel rods still lives on NJPIRG research found that the drinking water for 3 3 million New Jerseyans comes from a source within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant If there was a problem with the spent fuel that led to radioactivity in our air or water it would be a huge threat for the 3 3 million New Jerseyans that get their drinking water from within 50 miles of a nuclear plant While the onus is on the NRC to show how long spent fuel could be safety stored in New Jersey more and more dangerous radioactive waste continues to pile up Gov Christie should move New Jersey to safer energy that don t come with indefinite radioactive problems For the waste that already exists PSEG Exelon should be using the safest storage options possible on site to reduce the threat to local communities For more information on NJPIRG s Campaign for Safe Energy visit www njpirg org For more information on the Court decision click here Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Archives Blog Media Hits News

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/court-recognizes-spent-fuel-safety-threat (2016-04-29)
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  • Testimony to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Supporting ACR146 | NJPIRG
    the scope of an executive agency We are concerned that this waiver will grant the DCA an executive branch agency unprecedented power to unilaterally ignore laws passed by a majority in the state legislature These laws reflect the will of the people and it is not the executive s place to disregard that will 2 The waiver would grant the DCA power outside of its mission As stated in its mission the DCA serves to protect the public from fraud deceit and misrepresentation in the sale of goods and services Determining which rules or requirements are unfair or incongruous or would endanger the health safety and welfare of the public as outlined in the waiver to potentially exempt businesses from them second guesses the legislature and is outside of the DCA s purview The DCA plays an extremely important role in New Jersey as an enforcer of existing consumer protections not judging their propriety 3 The waiver prioritizes business interests over protecting the public Consumer protection rules and regulations exist to protect the public and may inherently impose a burden on businesses Whether it is a large or small burden the Division of Consumer Affairs role is to prioritize the consumer interest over the business interest 4 The waiver enables offenders to escape without paying damages Regarding the issue of compliance with rules versus imposing penalties we do not oppose such a system as long as the alternative measures are more likely to encourage the person to comply with the agency s rules and the alternatives measures do not avoid the payment of any damages caused by the offender We recognize that from time to time certain rules and regulations with good goals do not always have their intended effect and it is right to reexamine them one by one

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/testimony-assembly-consumer-affairs-committee-supporting-acr146 (2016-04-29)
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  • Greasing The Wheels | NJPIRG
    decisions We analyzed two data sets and new information that shine light on the influence of campaign giving on transportation funding decisions at the state and federal level First the report examines on a state by state basis how much money was contributed to both federal and state campaigns by highway interests defined as those from the development automobile transportation and construction sectors Then the report looks at the number and dollar amounts of transportation earmarks from the 2008 federal transportation appropriations bill that were funded in each state to highlight the priorities of members of Congress Key findings In 2008 there were 704 earmarked member projects in the 50 states and the District of Columbia totaling more than a half a billion dollars in federal aid highway projects on the annual transportation appropriations bill Members of Congress earmarked funds in the 2008 appropriations bill for just 74 bridge repair projects Only slightly more than 10 percent of the highway funds allocated for member projects in that year s appropriations bill went to bridge repair or restoration 1 At the same time in 2008 highway interests gave over 133 million dollars to candidates for both federal and state office The findings suggest that elected officials often overlook preventative maintenance projects especially when new capacity projects are encouraged by campaign contributions 1 Excluding emergency relief funding that was appropriated for the 1 35W bridge after the collapse Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Archives Blog Media Hits

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/reports/njf/greasing-wheels (2016-04-29)
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  • Email Contact Form | NJPIRG
    feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Take Action Donate JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE Support Us Your donation supports NJPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/email/node/398/field_bio_email (2016-04-29)
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  • FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long-Delayed Food Safety Rules | NJPIRG
    there are an estimated 48 million illnesses 127 000 hospitalizations and 3 000 deaths caused by food contamination costing us more than 70 billion annually in health related expenses Strong and prompt implementation of these new rules will help to finally bring those numbers down and give consumers the safe food supply they deserve Still the FDA has failed to release five additional long overdue rules to improve food safety We will continue to advocate for release of the other rules so that no American lives are at risk from unsafe food NJPIRG the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group is a non profit non partisan public interest advocacy organization that takes on powerful interests on behalf of its members working to win concrete results for New Jerseyans health and well being Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/fda-protects-public-releasing-two-long-delayed-food-safety-rules (2016-04-29)
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  • New Report Shows Impact of Big Money in the 2012 Election | NJPIRG
    to unrestricted special interest spending in American elections I appreciate the efforts of NJPIRG and its coalition partners to draw attention to Citizens United and its effects on American politics said Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 06 Americans deserve a political system that is fair transparent and accountable Marking the third anniversary of the Supreme Court s contentious Citizens United ruling NJPIRG and the New Jersey for the Overturn of Citizens United NJOCU coalition were joined by Liz Lempert the mayor of Princeton where a resolution against Citizens United passed in the fall NJOCU members highlighted the success of grass roots efforts in New Jersey to fix the broken campaign finance system Encouraged by grass roots support the New Jersey Senate and Assembly last fall passed resolutions calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United and cities and towns across the state including Elizabeth West Cape May and Franklin have done the same Americans have to send a message to Washington that government must be of by and for the people not of by and for special interests and corporations said Myrna Fichtenbaum who helped pass a resolution against Citizens United in Lawrence her home town This is a battle of money versus people and we need all hands on deck Citizens United threatens to drown out the voices of average citizens added Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert That has an impact at every level of government Billion Dollar Democracy also found that groups that do not disclose the source of their funds paid for nearly half of all television advertising in the presidential race These dark money groups hide key information from voters about where they get their money noted Skopec Furthermore studies show that because there s no one to hold responsible for the content of their advertising ads funded

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/new-report-shows-impact-big-money-2012-election (2016-04-29)
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  • Report Exposes How Taxpayers Bear Cost of Corporate Settlements | NJPIRG
    Corporate Settlements for Harming the Public Become Lucrative Tax Write Offs with Recommendations for Reform shows that federal law is supposed to forbid corporations from deducting the cost of fines and penalties including when corporations agree to pay these punitive measures as part of a negotiated settlement However unless explicitly told otherwise corporate wrongdoers utilize ambiguities in the tax law to avoid paying a significant portion of such payments For instance the 1 5 billion settlement that UBS agreed to last month could burden taxpayers with up to 245 million in tax subsidies That s quite a hidden bank fee Kim added The report offers several recommendations for the federal government in order to better protect taxpayers from having to pay for portions of corporate settlements NJPIRG suggests that Agencies should be instructed to publicize the expected after tax amounts of settlements which would more accurately report the net penalty that will be paid by the corporation This is a matter of truth in advertising The President should instruct federal regulatory bodies to assume full responsibility for determining the extent to which settlement payments are punitive and therefore nondeductible When companies treat public harm as an acceptable business risk agencies should forbid tax deductibility of settlement payments Following the recommendations of the past three administrations Congress should prohibit the tax deduction of punitive settlement payments to private parties The tax treatment of settlements has a very real impact on peoples lives Every dollar that doesn t get paid to the Treasury means another dollar in debt cutbacks or higher taxes that the rest of us must bear said Kim The report is available here NJPIRG the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group is a nonprofit nonpartisan public interest advocacy organization Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/report-exposes-how-taxpayers-bear-cost-corporate-settlements (2016-04-29)
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