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Lawmakers Ready to Say ‘No’ to More Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | November 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Legislators move to roll back rule, issue rare rebuke to executive branch that originally passed regulation
NJ Lawmakers Ask EPA to Waive Ethanol Rule for Local Gasoline
Tom Johnson | November 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Adding ethanol to gasoline is a federal requirement that may drive production costs at Paulsboro refinery over the top, threatening its viability
PJM Takes Wraps Off Plan to Prop Up Prices for Nuclear, Coal Power
Tom Johnson | November 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Regional grid operator’s proposal is one answer to growing clamor by power producers to help subsidize plants that are struggling to compete
VW Will Pay Garden State Another $69M to Settle Pollution Suit
Tom Johnson | November 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New payment over and above original $72 million shelled out to settle earlier suit involving cheating scandal
New Regional Initiative — RGGI for Transportation Sector
Tom Johnson | November 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Transportation is the biggest source of carbon emissions contributing to climate change, but will NJ sign on when it’s also poised to rejoin RGGI?
Legislature, DEP at Loggerheads Again Over Septic Tanks in Highlands
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers moving to block agency proposal, could use rarely employed tool to rescind rules judged inconsistent with legislative intent
NJ Moves to Ban Pesticide OK’d by Trump Administration
Tom Johnson | November 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Widely used on a variety of crops, chlorpyrifos has been linked to potentially harmful effects in people
GOP Tax-Reform Bill Could Sideline NJ’s Clean-Energy Efforts
Tom Johnson | November 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Republicans in D.C. are looking to slash or eliminate tax credits that encourage solar and wind power, help offset the price of electric vehicles
New Jersey Voters Handily Ratify Two Ballot Questions
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2017 | Elections 2017
Bond issue for libraries will help them modernize and expand, while a second question prevents environmental settlements from being diverted to general budget
NJ Puts New Rule in Place to Limit Air Pollution from Soot
Tom Johnson | November 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Plants and businesses that spew soot will be required to comply with new regulation when they apply for new permits
Fed Report Affirms Effects of Climate Change Already Visible
Tom Johnson | November 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
As people continue to contribute to global warming, extreme weather, sea-level rise will become more pressing problems
Good News for Offshore Wind: Both Gubernatorial Candidates Back It
Tom Johnson | November 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some experts say it’s not too late for New Jersey to develop a thriving sector based on offshore wind and related technologies
PSEG Backs Trump Administration Plan to Spur Nuclear Industry
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company looks to state or other possibilities for ways to keep its nuclear plants from closing due to economic pressure from natural-gas industry
NJ Sierra Club v. Pinelands Commission Back in Appellate Court
Tom Johnson | October 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
At heart of dispute, 30-mile pipeline project that New Jersey Natural Gas argues is key to increasing reliability for its customers
Governor’s Race 2017 Could Lead to a Greener New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 30, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Murphy has taken an aggressive stance on energy and the environment, while Guadagno has muddled her position on regional initiative to fight greenhouse gases
New Jersey Inks 10-Year Pact on Taking Water from Delaware River
Tom Johnson | October 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agreement — also signed by three other states and New York City — ends dispute over release of water from city reservoirs
Feds to Fund Massive Flood-Control Project for Hoboken, Nearby Towns
Tom Johnson | October 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Project includes green infrastructure to protect three communities from storm surges that left them inundated after Hurricane Sandy
New Jersey Gets Scorched by Increasing Number of Extreme-Heat Days
Tom Johnson | October 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Climate change is fueling hotter summers, boosting the intensity and frequency of heat waves, and sending more people to the ER
Trump Makes Few Friends with Scheme to Subsidize Coal, Nuclear
Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue proposal is unworkable and unlawful, could drive up consumer energy bills
Environmental Justice: The New Civil Rights?
Tom Johnson | October 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Sen. Booker backs bill that would make it easier for low-income neighborhoods, communities of color to block projects that would add to pollution
State Wants to Help Get a Few CNG-Powered Vehicles on Road
Tom Johnson | October 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
BPU program looks to get 10 or more trucks or buses running on compressed natural gas out in traffic, replacing diesel-fueled vehicles
High Arsenic Levels in Some Private Wells in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New study maps where people get drinking water, correlates private sources with presence of arsenic
SJI Picks Up Elizabethtown Gas, Maryland’s Elkton Gas, in $1.7B Deal
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If deal goes through, South Jersey Gas subsidiary of SJI will be the second-largest gas provider in Garden State
PSE&G Gets Green Light from PJM for 3 New Transmission Projects
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trio represents $200 million in new investments, part of $1 billion in transmission-related infrastructure approved by operator of power grid
Will Climate Change Revive an Old Idea: a Regional Coastal Commission?
Tom Johnson | October 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hurricanes and extreme storms, sea-level rise, major flooding are more than a single municipality can deal with on its own
As Electric Vehicle Market Emerges, Infrastructure Issues Come to Fore
Tom Johnson | October 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Long-running questions about charging stations, as well as newer ones about role of utilities, are being hashed out
Package of Three Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Bills reflect the alternative energy policies that gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has said he would enact
Pallone Takes Trump Administration to Task for Nuclear, Coal Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
U.S. Representative criticizes plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal and nuclear power to offset losses due to competition with cheaper natural gas
State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court finds Pinelands Commission’s rejection of project was justified because it did not conform to region’s Comprehensive Management Plan
Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Clean Power Plan
Tom Johnson | October 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Immediate effects on New Jersey limited, but environmentalists call for state to become a leader in fighting carbon pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions
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