News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

NJDEP Rubberstamps B.L. England Air Permit: Approval Ignores Air Quality & Carbon Impact For South Jersey

Today, the NJDEP announced late in the day it was ignoring detailed public comment and opposition to repowering the B.L. England power plant as full-time gas facility, by approving the air quality permit. The permit will receive a 45-day pro-forma review process by USEPA, but the state has effectively sign off on the repowering of B.L. England. Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center blasted the decision, calling it a rubberstamp taht will double down on carbon pollution, enable the Pinelands Pipeline and worsen air quality.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

DEP Highlands Septic Rule Blasted As Massive Unwinding of Highlands Water Quality Protections

Public testimony delivered urging the DEP to withdraw proposed rules to weaken water quality protections for the Highlands Act watershed lands.

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.

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