Solar panels provide pollution-free energy that delivers far-reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering from utilities.
A three-hour long meeting by the NJ Drinking Water Quality Institute presented in minute detail the scientific underpinnings of the recent announcement by the Institute to propose the toughest standard in the country for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, which was originally used in Teflon & other non-stick appliances) for drinking water in New Jersey of 14 parts per trillion. The extensive health impacts study showed the detailed analysis on why the Institute was recommending a health protective standard and the weakness of the current EPA standard of 70 parts per trillion.
NJDEP will hold the first of two hearings regarding DEP’s environmental review of the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline through Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean Counties and its attendant fossil fuel infrastructure. Tonight’s hearing focuses on the proposed Garden State Expansion Transco compressor station, and its application for freshwater wetlands permits to NJDEP to destroy more than six acres of Chesterfield wetlands.
Beyond the environmental threats of the compressor station, which is near residential neighborhoods, it would provide a fossil fuel conduit to transport gas for New Jersey Natural Gas's proposed pipeline through the heart of the Pinelands.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) kicked off a whirlwind road show of sequestered hearings on the beleaguered proposed PennEast pipeline that would stretch 118 miles across Pennsylvania before bisecting Hunterdon and Mercer Counties on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River watershed. The hearings, in a response to the overwhelming show of public opposition to the PennEast pipeline during the scoping hearings, are intentionally designed to sequester off the public one by one and deprive the public of hearing the statements of their neighbors – as well as the arguments of PennEast company officials. The flawed public hearing process is symbiotic of an attempt to quell public input.
Today, the NJDEP announced late in the day it was ignoring detailed public comment and opposition to repowering the B.L. England power plant as full-time gas facility, by approving the air quality permit. The permit will receive a 45-day pro-forma review process by USEPA, but the state has effectively sign off on the repowering of B.L. England. Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center blasted the decision, calling it a rubberstamp taht will double down on carbon pollution, enable the Pinelands Pipeline and worsen air quality.