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News Release | Environment New Jersey

More Than $100 Million In RGGI & VW Funds Will Electrify Diesel Trucks & Buses Across NJ; Murphy Also Announces Green Economy Council & Office of Climate Action

Governor Murphy, at an event with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at the Newark Department of Public Works garage on Frelinghuysen Ave, announced the release of more than $100 million of funding to electrify medium and heavy duty diesel vehicles around the state, including NJ Transit buses, school buses, garbage trucks and other trucks. The funding, which will focus on environmental justice communities, is from a full year of revenue raised from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)  and the final tranche of the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” Settlement dollars.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Petition Seeks DRBC Action To Upgrade River Designation To Ensure Full Protection for Primary Contact Recreation Uses

A coalition of organizations have petitioned the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to upgrade the regulatory status and protections for the Philadelphia/Camden reach of the Delaware River. The initiative seeks to ensure that water quality standards governing the river provide protections to those that come into direct contact with the water during recreational activities.  According to the petition, the identified river reaches are heavily used in ways that bring people into direct contact with the water, including children. As a result, according to the environmental petitioners, the DRBC and the states should modify the existing legally designated uses to reflect the actual existing uses of the river. 

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

GM Commitment To Fully Transition New Auto Sales To Electric Vehicles Gives Momentum To Reach NJ EV Bill Mandates

General Motors announced that it will stop selling fossil fuel powered cars and SUVs as of 2035, and minimize its carbon emissions enough to be carbon neutral by 2040. The company also signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5 degrees Celsius, aligning its emissions targets with the Paris Agreement’s standard to mitigate global warming, which the Biden Administration announced it was rejoining last week.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Lights On From New Jersey’s First Community Solar Project

Gov. Murphy celebrated the completion of the New Jersey’s first community solar project in Perth Amboy. This is the first of 45 community solar projects awarded through the Board of Public Utilities’ Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, which in total will create almost 78 megawatts (MW) of solar energy. These projects are focused in overburdened and underserved communities, with at least 51 percent of the solar energy created dedicated to low- and moderate-income households.

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