News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Looking Backward: Five Years After Gov. Christie Pulled New Jersey Out Of RGGI, Nine State Program Stronger Than Ever – and New Jersey Left Behind On Climate

Five years ago today, Gov. Chris Christie became the first – and only – Governor to pull out of then 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program. The now nine-state RGGI program was formed amidst the climate inaction of the Bush Administration and is a bipartisan effort to combat global warming pollution from power plants on a regional basis by creating market incentives to reduce carbon pollution. Five years on, Gov. Christie's decision is belied by the program's success.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

NJDEP Told To Reject B.L. England Air Permit at Public Hearing

Environmentalists & local residents told the NJDEP to reject B.L. England's request for an air permit to repower the Eisenhower era B.L. England coal power plant as a gas facility. A repowered gas plant is the rationale for the 22-mile South Jersey Gas pipeline through the heart of the New Jersey Pinelands.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Gov. Christie Piles On Atlantic City With Off-Shore Wind Farm Bill Veto

Gov. Chris Christie, in his latest act of disavowing his own commitments to build off-shore wind, has once again vetoed legislation to require the BPU to provide a 30-day window for applications for an off-shore wind project off Atlantic City. The bill would directly benefit Fishermen’s Energy, a Cape May County-based company that has proposed a 25MW project off Atlantic City.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

NJDEP Concedes in David & Goliath Barnegat Bay Dredging Dump Lawsuit But NJDOT Waiting in the Wings

In a terse interagency letter, the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection (NJDEP) announced that it was terminating the permits for the construction of a massive 225,000 cubic yard dredge spoil dump adjacent to residential homes, the Barnegat Bay and the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Eagleswood, Ocean County. The action was directly related to a nine year struggle by Eagleswood citizens and a joint lawsuit filed by Environment New Jersey, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Eagleswood citizens in late September 2014 to block the construction of the dredge spoil dump.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

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

Today’s Off-Shore Wind Energy Forum, hosted by Stockton University and co-sponsored by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center, the 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/

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