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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

Report | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Stuck at the Station

Public transit is more than just getting from Point A to Point B – it’s the future engine of success for our state, with the potential to create a stronger economy, cleaner environment and more equitable transportation options for low- and moderate-income residents. Yet despite transit’s clear benefit to New Jersey, the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world-class public transit system that is reliable and affordable.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

15 Years of Declining Investment in Public Transit Has Harmed New Jersey’s Straphangers, Economy & Environment

The New Jersey For Transit coalition released a new report, Stuck at the Station, to discuss the devastating consequences of 15 years of declining investment in New Jersey’s public transit system and call for a course correction. Since 2002, New Jersey’s annual capital investment in maintaining, repairing and expanding its core public transit assets has dropped by an inflation-adjusted 19 percent, even as ridership has grown by 20 percent.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Environmental Groups, Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules

An array of citizens, state and local environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for promulgated regulations on coastal development –the first since Hurricane Sandy – that were finalized last summer. Environment New Jersey, Save Barnegat Bay and residents from Eagleswood along the Barnegat Bay filed a notice of appeal with the state Superior Court to challenge the NJDEP’s omnibus coastal regulations, which amended coastal permit program rules and the Coastal Zone Management Rules. The NJDEP overhaul received vociferous public opposition.

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Report | Environment America

America’s Next Top Polluter

Tyson Foods, Inc. is “one of the world’s largest producers of meat and poultry.” The company’s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers’ factory farm operations, fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat, and waste from its processing plants.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Groundhog Day, Christie and RGGI: Perfect Together Governor Blows Off Legislative Regulatory RGGI Overide

Trenton – In a move that shocked no one in the State House, the Christie Administration failed to respond to a 30-day review of the legislative regulatory override of NJDEP decision to pull us out of the rules governing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program. The RGGI program is a regional nine-state compact that reduces carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants across the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

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