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EPA Tried to Ease Rule on Truck Pollution but Backs Off — For Now
Tom Johnson | July 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency will enforce regulation that curbs pollution from diesel trucks after court sides with several states, including New Jersey. But skirmishing expected to continue
AG Challenges Federal Agency for Inadequate Review of Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Gurbir Grewal among several attorneys general critical of FERC’s decision to not take climate change into account in certification process
Wind Farms for the Jersey Shore — State Outlines a Critical Rule
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board of Public Utilities explains key funding mechanism for offshore-wind projects. Developers are keen, but some clean-energy advocates chide agency for lack of specifics
BPU Orders Utilities to Do Better Job Keeping Lights on During Big Storms
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency directives include better sharing of crews outside franchise areas and improved communication with customers about restoration efforts
Extending National Flood Insurance Program Through Hurricane Season
WHYY News | July 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The program, which is under severe financial stress, had been set to expire
NJ Makes Move to Bring Solar Power to Communities that Have Been Locked Out
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has given billions of dollars in ratepayer subsidies for solar systems, largely to benefit the better-off. It’s now pushing to include less affluent residents
Murphy CVs Bill Forcing Divestiture from Companies Dodging Superfund Cleanups
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Legislation targets pension-fund investments. Governor says divestiture should be one option among several afforded to State Investment Council
NJ Issues First Advisories for Consumption of Fish Containing PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | July 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State scientists recommend limits for 12 species found to contain chemicals linked to cancers and other illnesses
BPU Goes Giddyup as Murphy Wants NJ on Fast Track to Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | July 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Traditional speed of state agency has been plodding, but now it’s been pitched into leadership role in rapidly changing energy sector
Offshore Wind Hits Early Turbulence: Who Will Bring the Power Ashore?
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Battle erupts over who will deploy lucrative transmission lines to reach customers, pitting wind developers against transmission companies
Former EPA Official to Lead Highlands Council
Tom Johnson | July 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appointment seen as move by governor to reshape body that oversees environmentally sensitive region
Federal Court Stops EPA From Easing Rules on Truck Pollution
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Temporary stay blocks agency from lifting limits on glider trucks, whose rebuilt engines can spew 40 times more pollution than today’s engines
It Was Once a Superfund Site, Now It’s a Solar Farm
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Transformation of former landfill in South Brunswick emblematic of governor’s plan to greatly increase renewable energy in NJ. But, can more developers be enticed to invest in solar?
Court Upholds Fine for Unlicensed Transportation of Solid Waste
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dirt hauler delivered solid waste to Old Bridge development instead of supplying ‘clean fill.’ The waste contained a known carcinogen
JCP&L Wants Approval for $400M Upgrades to Its Grid
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Utility, criticized by governor for poor performance during winter storms, says it needs rate increase to carry out thousands of improvements. Advocates fear consumers will pay more
Big ‘Ecological Impact’ to Follow Removal of Warren County Dam
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multimillion-dollar project to clear away Columbia Lake Dam gears up. Will shad and other species come back to restored habitat?
State Urged to Do More to Battle Air Pollution
Colleen O'Dea | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jerseyans are breathing more than their fill of dirty air, according to a new report. Surprisingly, it found the most bad-air days in 2016 were logged in bucolic Warren County
Go/No-Go for Power Plant on One of NJ’s Most Pristine Waterways
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP gives exemption to proposed development in Highlands, but also deems project inconsistent with water-quality regulations
Energy Official Threatens New Jersey Brexit from PJM Regional Power Grid
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Board of Public Utilities president unhappy with ‘lip service’ and decisions that lead to NJ customers paying more for electricity
State Takes Another Small Step Toward Cranking Up Offshore Wind Industry
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
After progress stalled under Christie administration, new governor has ambitious agenda. But developers worry time will run out before they can access federal tax incentives
Is NJ Ready for Water-Use Fee to Fund Billions in Upgrades of Aging Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State Sen. Bob Smith has long argued for a toll to help fund renewal of New Jersey’s century-old water system. He thinks the time just might be right to get it done
Law that Would Put 5-Cent Fee on Plastic, Paper Bags Up in Air as Governor Decides
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Jockeying continues over legislation — or some other initiative to curb spread of plastic — as Murphy’s decision awaited
FINE PRINT: This Is What You Can Expect from NJ’s Revised Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Look for dramatic revisions, given that when governor ordered state officials to overhaul the plan, he emphasized need to shift to clean energy sources
State Senate OKs Prescribed Burns in Pinelands, Other NJ Woodlands
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Controlled burns reduce wildfires, while improving ecological health of forests and wooded areas
NJ Joins Suit to Stop EPA From Easing Rules on HFCs Linked to Climate Change
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal agency loosens its own limits on hydrofluorocarbons, compounds used in refrigeration, air conditioning, insulation, aerosols, and other processes
State Starts to Wind Down Program Used to Encourage Solar Installations
Tom Johnson | June 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Steep costs to utility customers who subsidize this renewable energy leads Board of Public Utilities to move away from solar credits, but new system has yet to be determined
Staving Off Diversions of Lead-Abatement Funds — Constitutionally
Tom Johnson | June 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Committee clears bill that would dedicate portion of sales-tax revenue to stripping lead-based paint from New Jersey homes, most common source of lead exposure for kids
BPU Blocks JCP&L Plans for High-Voltage Power Line in Monmouth County
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State agency agrees with activists, administrative law court, and rate counsel — sees no need for proposed $111 million power conduit that would run close to schools and homes
NJ Lawmakers OK 5-Cent Fee on Plastic/Paper Carryout Bags
Tom Johnson | June 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If Murphy signs on, law could reduce clutter in landfills and landscapes, but it won’t deliver money to lead-abatement programs — as originally intended
Lawmakers Look to Divert Funds Before State Has Money in Hand
Tom Johnson | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A proposed 5-cent fee on single-use plastic bags could bring in $23M for lead abatement, but the funds are being diverted — even before the new legislation is law
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