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Fish & Wildlife Extends New Jersey Bear-Hunting Season By Four More Days
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2015 | Energy & Environment
State agency maintains scheduled six-day event did not cull enough bears, but environmentalist calls extension a ‘trophy hunt’
Efforts Against Childhood Lead Poisoning Would Get $10M if Bill Goes Through
Todd B. Bates | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
After years of being raided by governors and lawmakers, fund to fight lead poisoning would get enough cash to start doing its job
Lawmakers Move to Block Rule Allowing Foothold Traps Deemed Cruel, Unsafe
Tom Johnson | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Fish & Game Council has approved new traps, but opponents argue they are both inhumane and dangerous to household pets
Is Your Neighborhood Toxic? It’s More Likely if You’re Poor or a Minority
WNYC | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Hundreds of polluted sites, many in low-income areas, are not being cleaned up, partly because state turned work over to private contractors
Has Decision to Privatize Cleanups of Polluted Properties Paid Off?
Joe Hernandez /WHYY NewsWorks | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment
With tens of thousands of toxic sites, NJ opted to ask private firms to take over
The Toxic Truth: Leaky Tanks Are ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ in New Jersey
NJTV | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of contaminated sites around the state still await cleanup – and many don’t even have cleanup plans
Lost in Cyberspace: New Jersey’s Lead-Poisoning Websites
Todd B. Bates | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
All too frequently, clicking on one of the state’s lead-safety sites triggers a helpful message like ‘This page does not exist’
It’s an Environmental Problem That Simply Can’t Be Covered Up
NJTV | December 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
More than half of underground fuel-oil tanks are leaking, often resulting in prohibitively costly cleanups of contaminated soil
Consumers Expected to See Lower Prices at the Pump and at Home in Months Ahead
Tom Johnson | December 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
In its monthly short-term outlook, federal agency says it expects prices of gasoline, natural gas, and home-heating oil to continue to fall
The Toxics Next-Door: Leaky Tanks Can Be Big Headache for Homeowners
NJTV | December 9, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Price tag for dealing with tainted soil at home in Teaneck has cost $600,000 – and property is still polluted with leaked heating oil
New Jersey’s Industrial Coast Remains Vulnerable to the Next Extreme Storm
Scott Gurian | December 8, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Has the state done enough to ensure that North Jersey’s massive spills of sewage and diesel fuel aren’t a disaster waiting to happen again?
Interactive Map: NJ's Potential Pollution Risks over the Coming Decades
Scott Gurian and Colleen O’Dea | December 8, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Maps, Map of the Week
Sea-level rise and storm surges are inevitable. Does that mean toxic spills and contaminated waterways are equally unavoidable?
NRG’s Chief Executive Relinquishes Post In Face of Falling Stock Prices
Tom Johnson | December 7, 2015 | Energy & Environment
During 12-year tenure at independent power company, CEO established Princeton-based firm as leader in wholesale and retail energy markets
South Jersey Towns Want BPU to Investigate Verizon’s Copper-Line Service
Tom Johnson | December 2, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Petition claims telecom company isn't adequately maintaining copper older service. Meanwhile, fiber network isn’t built out in rural areas
Explainer: Managing Growth While Protecting Garden State’s Water Quality
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The DEP claims its new sewer-planning proposal gives local authorities more say in the process, but environmentalists call it another rollback
New Jersey Steers Clear of New Initiative to Reduce Transportation Pollution
Tom Johnson | November 30, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Despite participation of five states in region, state DEP dismisses program, claiming it will increase costs for motorists
DEP Releases Report on Opening Liberty State Park to Developers
Tom Johnson | November 25, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Among the options being considered: hotel, amphitheater, amusement park, restaurant, indoor sports arena, and marina
PSE&G Credit Means Lower Heating Bills for Customers in Cold Months
Tom Johnson | November 24, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Credit -- the fourth in as many years -- will cut typical residential bills by about 30 percent
Draft Energy Master Plan Credits Lower Prices on Increased Use of Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | November 23, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists disappointed that plan doesn’t boost renewable-energy goals, dismisses offshore wind outright
Coalition Hopes to Pressure Christie Administration Into Releasing New Water Plan
Tom Johnson | November 20, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Concerned that current plan is 20 years out-of-date, group wants governor’s office to publish plan it’s been sitting on for a year
NRC Takes Step Toward Allowing Fourth Nuclear Plant in Salem County
Tom Johnson | November 19, 2015 | Energy & Environment
In its Environmental Impact Statement, federal agency finds no substantive barriers to adding nuclear facility to the three already in place
Agency Awards Contract to Firm to Oversee State’s Clean Energy Program
Tom Johnson | November 18, 2015 | Energy & Environment
BPU hopes that three-year, $25 million contract will help make it easier, more efficient to award grants and incentives
Assembly Panel Seeks to Pull Plug on State DEP’s Water Regulations
Tom Johnson | November 17, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Committee passes resolution to prevent new rule from being adopted; approval by full Assembly would sink proposal
The List: Ten Ways Climate Change Could Impact Life in the Garden State
Scott Gurian | November 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment, The List
Increased flooding, prolonged droughts and rising sea levels could become the new normal in New Jersey later in the century
Utility Investments in Natural-Gas Infrastructure Will Mean Higher Prices
Tom Johnson | November 16, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Residential customers of New Jersey Natural Gas could see monthly bills jump by 24 percent -- but probably not before 2017
New York Governor Pulls Plug on Port Ambrose LNG Natural-Gas Terminal
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Cuomo moves first to scuttle project, although Christie also had opportunity to veto plans to build a deepwater port off coasts of NJ and NY
Appeals Judge Upholds BPU’s Decision to Block Solar Farm in Apple Orchard
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Developers contended site qualified as brownfield -- and for solar credits -- because it had been contaminated by pesticides
Christie Conditionally Vetoes Bill on Renewable Energy, Resiliency
Tom Johnson | November 12, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Legislation would have made it easier, more affordable for building owners to install solar panels, increase energy efficiency of their property
Critics of New Wastewater Rule Accuse DEP of Giving In to Developers
Jon Hurdle | November 12, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Environmental groups assert what state agency calls ‘streamlining’ of unwieldy regulations would pose threat to drinking water for millions
New Jersey’s First Two Offshore Wind Leases Go to High Bidders in Auction
Tom Johnson | November 10, 2015 | Energy & Environment
Though wind farms off the Jersey coast have long proved elusive, their turbines could ultimately power 1.2 million homes
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