A new analysis by Environment New Jersey shows lead in the water at 55 percent of faucets and fountains in Bergen County schools. The group’s finding is based on data from a majority of county school districts that made complete testing results publicly available by the state’s deadline for testing last Thursday. Advocates renewed their call for Trenton to take swift action to “get the lead out” of school drinking water in New Jersey.
The Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey are suing the Pinelands Commission on their approval of a 22-mile gas pipeline in the Pinelands. The South Jersey Gas pipeline will destroy environmentally sensitive land, threaten our water supply, and keep a polluting power plant outside of the Pinelands open. The suit argues the Pinelands Commission violated the Comprehensive Management Plan and the Pinelands Protection Act by approving this pipeline, especially since they did not follow proper procedure to approve the pipeline.
Today, President Trump will sign an executive order rolling back climate progress, which was strongly denounced by environmental advocates. The executive order instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, the single largest step the U.S. has taken to limit climate change. The order also lifts the moratorium on federal coal leasing and limits on methane from fracking operations. The administration also initiated a process to reconsider the Social Cost of Carbon and the National Environmental Policy Act guidance on climate pollution.
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.
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.