News Release | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Report on NJ Lead in Drinking Water Response Shows State Slow on Remediation; Legislators & Advocates Call for Bulked Up State Response for Both Testing, Remediation & Funding

Citing growing evidence of pervasive lead contamination in the state’s drinking water, legislators and advocates joined together to release a report by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center documenting lead’s health impacts and calling for action for both testing and remediating lead from our drinking water and homes. The report documented the pro-active responses from other states for both testing and remediation to remove lead as a threat from drinking water, especially in the school environment. 

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Pinelands Commission Vote To Approve South Jersey Gas Pipeline Massive Blow To The Pinelands

At a packed and contentious meeting at a Crowne Plaza hotel ballroom in Cherry Hill, the Pinelands Commission voted by a margin of 9-5, with one abstention, to approve the highly controversial South Jersey Gas pipeline, which will bisect the Pinelands Forest Area for 15 miles as part of an effort to repower the B.L. England peaker plant. The vote occurred without any public comment preceding the action, despite massive public protest.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Scott Pruitt Wrong For New Jersey’s Environment: Senate Approves Pruitt 52-46, Ignoring Calls for Release of Fossil Fuel Industry E-Mails

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to approve President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Doug O’Malley, Environment New Jersey’s Director issued the following statement opposing the decision by the Senate and outlining why Mr. Pruitt is the wrong choice to lead the EPA, the agency he has so aggressively attacked.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

In Big Climate Win, President Obama Drops Arctic Ocean From Off-Shore Drilling Plans

In a win for our oceans and climate, the Obama Administration finalized its oil and gas leasing program, which provides protection for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, from risky oil and gas drilling for the next five years. The initial 2017 to 2022 Outer Continental Shelf leasing plan proposed by the Obama Administration in January 2015 threatened beaches all along the Atlantic Coast, including the Jersey Shore, and both Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in the Arctic Ocean. With the incoming Trump administration, permament protections for our protected oceans becomes even more paramount.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Appeals Court Sends South Jersey Gas Pipeline Back to the Pinelands Commission

               The Appellate Division of the Superior Court today agreed with Pinelands advocates that the Pinelands Commission and Board of Public Utilities had improperly approved the controversial South Jersey Gas pipeline without a review and approval by the full membership of the Pinelands Commission.  The court ruled that the Board of Public Utilities improperly relied on the opinion of the Pinelands Commission’s executive director, who had no authority to approve the development under the Pinelands Protection Act and Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).

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