The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new plan on Monday to deal with toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances that are linked to serious health risks, including liver damage, birth defects and cancer.
Nearly 30,000 people are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to end the dumping of PFAS chemicals, and thousands more are telling the agency to dramatically reduce pollution from slaughterhouses. Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund submitted comments from these individuals to the EPA Thursday as the agency considers updating pollution control standards, which is required by the Clean Water Act. The groups are also calling on the EPA to strengthen standards for other industrial sources -- including power plants and refineries.
The six metropolitan regions of the state, stretching from Atlantic City to Jersey City, suffered through an average of 46 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and the NJPIRG Law & Policy Center. EPA monitoring data from 2020 represent the most recent data available from an array of air monitors across the state. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts even at moderate levels and air pollution is directly linked to 17,646 deaths every year in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it is expanding its NJZIP voucher program, which incentivizes businesses to purchase electric medium-duty trucks. NJEDA is expanding the program to now include the greater New Brunswick area with an additional $9.25 million in funding.
PennEast Pipeline Co. announced on Monday that it was pulling the plug on its proposed 116-mile gas pipeline that would have crossed Pennsylvania and New Jersey to deliver methane gas from Pennsylvania fracking wells. The announcement came on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that granted PennEast the right to use eminent domain to seize public and private lands for the pipeline. Nevertheless, the proposal faced stiff environmental permitting challenges from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) under the Clean Water Act. The company cited environmental permitting difficulties in its decision to withdraw the project.
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