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We defended the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Working together, we can defend the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a program that cuts pollution and funds clean energy across the Northeast. When Gov. Christie moved to kill the program, we united tens of thousands of New Jerseyans, took the governor to court, and won a major legal victory. Read more.

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.

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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 require polluters to reduce their use of toxic chemicals.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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