News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Environmental Groups, Citizens File Legal Action Against Finalized NJDEP Coastal Rules

An array of citizens, state and local environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for promulgated regulations on coastal development –the first since Hurricane Sandy – that were finalized last summer. Environment New Jersey, Save Barnegat Bay and residents from Eagleswood along the Barnegat Bay filed a notice of appeal with the state Superior Court to challenge the NJDEP’s omnibus coastal regulations, which amended coastal permit program rules and the Coastal Zone Management Rules. The NJDEP overhaul received vociferous public opposition.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Groundhog Day, Christie and RGGI: Perfect Together Governor Blows Off Legislative Regulatory RGGI Overide

Trenton – In a move that shocked no one in the State House, the Christie Administration failed to respond to a 30-day review of the legislative regulatory override of NJDEP decision to pull us out of the rules governing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program. The RGGI program is a regional nine-state compact that reduces carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants across the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Bridgegate in the Pines, Part Deux: Gov. Christie Fires Pinelands Commissioner Chairman Lohbauer

Today, New Jersey Pinelands Commission Chairman Mark Lohbauer was replaced as Chairman by Gov. Christie’s Administration in a clear case of political retribution for the now former Chairman's willingness to cross the Christie Administration by supporting protection for the Pinelands, including efforts to block a 22-mile gas pipeline from bisecting the National Reserve. The new Chairman of the Pinelands Commission was announced as Sean Earlen.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Environmental Groups Sue over Approval of South Jersey Gas Pinelands Pipeline

The New Jersey Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey are suing the Pinelands Commission and the Board of Public Utilities on their approval of the South Jersey Gas pipeline in the Pinelands. Despite previous determination that the pipeline does not fit the needs of the Pinelands, the Commission’s Executive Director unilaterally determined the pipeline was consistent with the Comprehensive Management Plan. This decision circumvented a public hearing and further vote by the Pinelands Commission, which the groups contend violates the Pinelands Protection Act. The environmental groups are hoping to overturn these determinations in the New Jersey Superior Court.

News Release | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center

Report Shows New Jersey #1 in Off-Shore Wind Potential & Poised To Benefit Most from Federal Tax Credit Extension

New Jersey may have lost the race to build the first off-shore wind facility in the nation, but the potential for off-shore wind power production is still highest off the Jersey Shore, according to Turning to the Wind, a new Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center report. The report also shows that carbon pollution equal to 1.1 million cars could be eliminated by 2020 with a rapid expansion in wind power off the Jersey Shore.