The Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards, betraying the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)’s stated mission of protecting human health and the environment. If fully implemented, this regressive move would eliminate our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other federal policy.
Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center today unveiled a first-of-its-kind interactive map of the Delaware River watershed. The map allows journalists, policymakers, and citizens to pinpoint pollution sources and consider common-sense solutions to address them. The product of a year-and a half effort, the map draws on more than 5,000 data points from over a dozen sources to major pollution threats in the basin, including: 1) runoff from agriculture and impervious surfaces; 2) 660+ industrial sources; 3) 250+ sewage treatment plants; and 4) fossil fuel infrastructure such as pipelines, abandoned coal mines, and refineries. The map allows the public to see pollution sources in their neighborhood, as well as those upstream.
As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a huge threat to New Jersey’s public health. According to a new report by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center, metropolitan areas across the state experienced an average of 91 days of degraded air quality in 2016, or roughly three months, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts
Atlantic City – Surrounded by the five massive wind turbines that power the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that will direct state agencies to implement the 2010 Off-Shore Wind Economic Development Act to meet a goal of 3,500 megawatts of off-shore wind energy by 2030. The executive order will make New Jersey the national leader for off-shore wind commitments, besting both New York and Massachusetts, which have goals of 2,400 and 1,600 megawatt goals respectively.
Gov. Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, NJDEP Acting Commissioner Catherine McCabe, a crowd of state environmental leaders and activists and members of the Murphy Administration joined together in Atlantic Highlands, which had been severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy more than 5 years ago, to officially announce that New Jersey was rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program, the landmark effort to reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants in the Northeast region, which Gov. Christie infamously pulled us out of nearly seven years ago.