With “back to school” in full swing this week, Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center offered a new toolkit to help parents, teachers, and administrators Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water. Citing a lack of accurate information on lead contamination in water and how schools should prevent it, Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center encouraged parents and teachers to put the new toolkit on their “back to school” reading list.
With a deadline for Congress to approve a federal budget approaching in one month, public officials, environmentalists, public health advocates and business organizations joined the call for full funding of EPA to protect the Delaware River watershed around the release of a new report detailing the impacts of the Trump Administration’s full-frontal budget cuts on EPA’s mission.
A new analysis by Environment New Jersey shows lead in the water at 55 percent of faucets and fountains in Bergen County schools. The group’s finding is based on data from a majority of county school districts that made complete testing results publicly available by the state’s deadline for testing last Thursday. Advocates renewed their call for Trenton to take swift action to “get the lead out” of school drinking water in New Jersey.
The Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey are suing the Pinelands Commission on their approval of a 22-mile gas pipeline in the Pinelands. The South Jersey Gas pipeline will destroy environmentally sensitive land, threaten our water supply, and keep a polluting power plant outside of the Pinelands open. The suit argues the Pinelands Commission violated the Comprehensive Management Plan and the Pinelands Protection Act by approving this pipeline, especially since they did not follow proper procedure to approve the pipeline.
Today, President Trump will sign an executive order rolling back climate progress, which was strongly denounced by environmental advocates. The executive order instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, the single largest step the U.S. has taken to limit climate change. The order also lifts the moratorium on federal coal leasing and limits on methane from fracking operations. The administration also initiated a process to reconsider the Social Cost of Carbon and the National Environmental Policy Act guidance on climate pollution.