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PSE&G Sets Pace for Replacing Cast-Iron Mains with Plastic Pipes
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But with 4,000 miles of iron pipe in its system, state’s largest utility has a long way to go
Getting Scrap Tires off the Pile and into Recycling
Tom Johnson | September 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
There are good uses for scrap tires — on kids’ playgrounds and equestrian tracks, for instance — but safe disposal is key
$20M for Lead Abatement to Come from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used for public buildings with high levels of lead, but environmentalists and business lobbyists oppose source of funding
Public Water Utilities, Loath to Raise Rates, Must Deal with Aging Pipes, Pumps
Jon Hurdle | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Officials pass the cost along to coming generations, industry expert says, and others warn of total breakdown
New Jersey Government Agencies Add Their Voices to PennEast Protest
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Among the objections, one familiar to opponents: The state doesn’t need the natural gas the pipeline would deliver
PSEG Power Considers Decommissioning Two Coal-Fired Plants
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company indicates that low cost of natural gas has put economic pressure on coal and nuclear units
Critics Call on DEP to Hold Line on Septic-Tank Density in Highlands
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues its proposal allows for development while protecting source of drinking water for some 6 million people
Tough New Limit Proposed for a Toxic Chemical in New Jersey's Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If adopted, the new standard for PFOA would make the state a national leader in regulation of the chemical
Frustrations with Verizon’s Basic Phone Service Continue to Simmer in South Jersey
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates call on BPU for in-depth investigation of connectivity problems with telecom giant’s copper-line service
Explainer: The Mystery of New Jersey’s Statewide Water Supply Plan
Jon Hurdle | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Supposedly vital to state and local planning, the blueprint should be updated and published every five years but it’s twenty years since that happened
Menendez Pushes to Fast-Track Flood Mitigation In Rahway River Basin
NJTV News Online | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to reduce flooding in the 82-square-mile river basin that was hit hard by Hurricane Irene
As E-Waste Piles Up, Disposal Costs Continue to Mount
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More and more towns and counties are shelling out serious cash as they try to keep up with a seemingly endless stream of junked PCs, TVs, other electronic gear
Lawmakers Push State DEP to Set Limits for Toxic Chemicals in Water Supply
Tom Johnson | September 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency would have six months to set limits for more than a dozen contaminants known to be in Garden State’s drinking water
JCP&L Withdraws Bid to Spin Off Transmission Assets into New Company
Tom Johnson | September 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility indicates no way to resolve outstanding issues and meet January 2017 timeframe to begin investing in new entity
DEP Proposal Could Reignite Battle over Beach, Shoreline Access
Tom Johnson | September 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend new rules fail to ensure unfettered access promised by bipartisan bill now before Legislature
Conservationists Fear Off-Roaders Will Damage NJ Pinelands
Jon Hurdle | September 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State DEP steps up enforcement after dumping plan to curtail access to remote areas
Scrap Tires Keep Piling Up, Despite Regulations Meant to Manage Problem
Tom Johnson | September 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Audit of DEP program uncovers almost a dozen new dumps, as well as compliance issues with known scrap-tire piles
Fine Print: What’s the Price Tag for Ensuring Beach and Shoreline Access?
Tom Johnson | September 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Critics argue that a new bill would force towns to build restrooms and parking lots, even though state already offers extensive public access
The Squandered Promise of Offshore Wind in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Today is the sixth anniversary of a bill to build a framework for a thriving offshore-wind sector; the first U.S. offshore wind farm is two months away — in Rhode Island
Lawmakers Consider Doubling Up on Money for Shore Protection
Tom Johnson | August 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Beach restoration projects — which have become increasingly necessary in recent years — would be funded to $50 million
Critics of PennEast Get Chance to Speak Out — Behind a Black Curtain
Tom Johnson and Jon Hurdle | August 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Members of public only allowed to talk directly to FERC official and stenographer, ostensibly to ensure all comments are ‘heard’
Conservationists Move to Stop Shift of Public Beach to Private Developer
Tom Johnson | August 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
DEP agrees to swap Green Acres property in Seaside Heights for antique merry-go-round, parking lot, inexpensive wetlands
Power Grid Keeps Its Cool Despite Being Hammered By The Heat
Tom Johnson | August 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Aside from an occasional glitch, the grid has consistently delivered power to customers despite exceedingly high demand
Turning Trash into Solar Treasure
Courtney McCormick | August 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
By generating solar energy on old landfills and brownfields, PSE&G is helping to put historically ‘dirty’ spaces back to work in an environmentally friendly manner.
Developing Safe Havens For Extreme Storms, Power Grid Failures
Tom Johnson | August 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State will fund efforts to develop ‘town center microgrids’ that would give shelter and power during Sandy-like storms
New Reports on PFCs in Drinking Water Raise Pressure on Regulators
Jon Hurdle | August 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The Garden State’s water supplies have one the highest levels of PFC contamination in the United States
JCP&L Files with BPU to Build Unpopular Monmouth County Power Line
Tom Johnson | August 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Utility argues that 10-mile-long transmission link will boost reliability for some quarter million customers
Loopholes Let Criminals, Gangsters Steal into NJ Recycling Industry
Tom Johnson | August 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Despite reports dating back to 2011, state has yet to move against ‘bad actors’ who dump contaminated waste and toxic fill
Is NJ’s Corrosive Groundwater Leaching Lead into Private Well Water?
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With corrosion, heavy metal from pipes and plumbing fixtures can contaminate water at the tap even though source is lead-free
PJM Red Lights Transmission Project Involving PSE&G, Other Developers
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Operator of regional power grid suspends work until it can review cost overruns, explore alternatives
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