News Release | Environment New Jersey

Environment New Jersey Launches Campaign to Get NJ Cities to Go Big on Solar

With solar energy on the rise across New Jersey and the country, Environment New Jersey announced the launch of a push to get cities and local governments to make sizable commitments to capturing the power of the sun. The Shining Cities campaign will engage and mobilize thousands of members, volunteers and the growing ranks of stakeholders who recognize the tremendous environmental and economic benefits to convince local governments to expand their use of pollution-free solar power.   

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Rutgers Students Join Local Activists To Protect Grand Canyon

Two days before National Public Lands Day, Rutgers students came together with local activists for an Hour of Action calling on President Obama to establish the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. The event, which was sponsored by NJPIRG Student Chapters, Environment New Jersey and the New Jersey Sierra Club, brought environmentalists from all across New Jersey together to take political action to work to preserve the integrity of one of the nation's pre-eminent iconic landscapes.
 

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Drinking Water Quality Institute Documents Health Impacts of PFOA Contamination in NJ's Drinking Water Supply

A three-hour long meeting by the NJ Drinking Water Quality Institute presented in minute detail the scientific underpinnings of the recent announcement by the Institute to propose the toughest standard in the country for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, which was originally used in Teflon & other non-stick appliances) for drinking water in New Jersey of 14 parts per trillion. The extensive health impacts study showed the detailed analysis on why the Institute was recommending a health protective standard and the weakness of the current EPA standard of 70 parts per trillion.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Gasland’s Trojan Horse: DEP Wetland Hearing on Transco Compressor Station in Burlco Exposes Vulnerability of Gas Pipelines

NJDEP will hold the first of two hearings regarding DEP’s environmental review of the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline through Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean Counties and its attendant fossil fuel infrastructure. Tonight’s hearing focuses on the proposed Garden State Expansion Transco compressor station, and its application for freshwater wetlands permits to NJDEP to destroy more than six acres of Chesterfield wetlands.
Beyond the environmental threats of the compressor station, which is near residential neighborhoods, it would provide a fossil fuel conduit to transport gas for New Jersey Natural Gas's proposed pipeline through the heart of the Pinelands.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

FERC Dodges Public “Hearings” on PennEast Pipeline By Sequestering Public For Comment

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) kicked off a whirlwind road show of sequestered hearings on the beleaguered proposed PennEast pipeline that would stretch 118 miles across Pennsylvania before bisecting Hunterdon and Mercer Counties on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River watershed. The hearings, in a response to the overwhelming show of public opposition to the PennEast pipeline during the scoping hearings, are intentionally designed to sequester off the public one by one and deprive the public of hearing the statements of their neighbors – as well as the arguments of PennEast company officials. The flawed public hearing process is symbiotic of an attempt to quell public input.

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