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.

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.

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