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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Beach Report Shows Bay Beaches Most Impacted by Bacteria Pollution

With summer in full heat wave mode, water pollution can close New Jersey beaches or put swimmers’ health at risk. In 2020, bacteria levels at New Jersey beaches indicated that water was potentially unsafe for swimming on at least 35 days, according to a new report Safe for Swimming? by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. The report comes as Congress is set to vote today on a set of initiatives on water infrastructure that directly impact run-off and sewage pollution.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Setting the Pace: NJBPU Announces 2,658 Megawatts of New Offshore Wind Power off Jersey Shore to Orsted, Atlantic Shores

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities voted this morning unanimously to greenlight 2,658 megawatts of offshore wind through successful winning solicitation bids through Orsted and Atlantic Shores for construction of offshore wind turbines off the Jersey Shore, stretching from Ocean to Cape May Counties. The award is the largest in the nation’s history and put New Jersey on track to reach the goal set out through Gov. Murphy for 7,500 MW by 2035.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

NJ Transit Commits To Meeting Electric Bus Mandate

During a NJ Transit Energy & Sustainability Committee meeting, NJ Transit staff and President Kevin Corbett committed to meeting the mandate for the electrification for NJ Transit buses through S2252/A4819, signed into law by Governor Murphy in January 2020. As outlined in the legislation, 10% of bus procurement will be in 2024, 50% of new bus procurement in 2026 and 100% in 2032.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Lawmakers and public push Whole Foods to put “Planet Over Plastic” at upcoming annual meeting

AUSTIN, Texas --  Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Student PIRG sent 59,000 petitions and a letter signed by more than 40 state lawmakers Thursday to Whole Foods urging them to put planet over plastic.

News Release | Environment America

Report: Pricing carbon key to taking on climate change

BOSTON -- Last month, President Joe Biden released a massive infrastructure spending plan designed to build a cleaner and healthier America. This week, on Earth Day, the president is hosting world leaders for a global climate summit, and is discussing ways in which the U.S. will meet its goals under the Paris climate accords. According to a new report, putting a price on carbon can be key to the success of both. In Carbon Pricing 101: Strategies for putting a price on global warming pollution, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group recommend that the federal government and U.S. states pursue carbon pricing programs, along with other policies, to cut pollution, as the best way to achieve the emissions reductions necessary to stave off the worst of global warming.