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News Release | Environment New Jersey

On Heels of Federal Proposed Sale of NJ Off-Shore Wind Leases, Report Shows The Immense Potential for Off-Shore Wind off the Jersey Shore

On the day the Department of Interior announced the proposed sale of leases for more than 343,000 acres off the Jersey Shore for off-shore wind leasing, a new report shows New Jersey could reap tremendous environmental and economic benefits from offshore wind of the Shore according to the National Wildlife Federation’s report, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power. The report analyzes and compares the actions by Atlantic Coast states toward progress on offshore wind, with New Jersey in the middle tier on its commitment making offshore wind a reality.  

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

NJDEP Coastal Rules Blasted for Doubling Down on Development & Failing Climate Change Test

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) proposed regulations on coastal development –the first since Hurricane Sandy – were blasted at the final public hearing by environmental organizations and the public. Advocates criticized the proposed regulations as failing to account for climate change’s impacts, including sea level rise and increased storm surges, as allowing more high-density development and expanding coastal centers.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

Governor Christie Moves Forward with Plan To Double Down on Climate Inaction

After announcing its intentions to do so in May, the Christie Administration today formally proposed to once again prevent New Jersey from participating in the regional program known as RGGI that limits dangerous climate-changing pollution from power plants. This action comes despite the New Jersey Legislature twice voting to keep New Jersey in the program, overwhelming bipartisan support for pollution limits from state residents, and a court ruling earlier this year that a previous attempt to dodge the limits was done illegally.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

New Report Documents Environmental Benefits of Electric Cars

More than 220,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today, delivering real benefits for our health and our environment, according to a new report, "Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution,” released by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center. In just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent. The report shows that electric vehicles could prevent more than 493,000 metric tons of climate-changing carbon pollution annually in New Jersey by 2025, the equivalent of saving more than 55 million gallons of gasoline per year.

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Report | Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump more than 5.8 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jersey's rivers and streams -- threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. EPA, toxic discharges from industrial facilites are reponsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide. To curb this massive release of toxic chemicals into our nation's water, we must step up Clean Water Action protections for our waterways and require polluters to reduce their use of toxic chemicals.

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