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Scorching Summer of 2016 Yields Dozens of Bad-Air Days
Tom Johnson | September 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
More stringent standard helps push to 24 the number of days NJ failed to meet acceptable levels for smog
New Jersey Natural Gas Settlement Will Add $7 a Month to Customer Bills
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Rate increase far smaller than 24 percent boost originally sought in 2015
NJ Needs to Accelerate Efforts to Get More Electric Cars on Road
Tom Johnson | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But charging infrastructure remains more fizzle than sizzle, making low- or zero-emission vehicles a very tough sell
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
New Jersey Unlikely to Follow New York’s Subsidies of Nuclear Industry
Tom Johnson | August 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Profitable nuclear-plant owner PSEG might like to be subsidized, but that's unlikely to happen in the Garden State
State Moves Closer To Guaranteed Public Access to Beaches And Shore
Tom Johnson | August 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Effort to secure public access to the coastal waterfront moves forward, but many issues remain unresolved
Environmentalists Say DEP’s New Flood-Prevention Compromise Is A ‘Dirty Deal’
Tom Johnson | August 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Critics say new rule will increase development, pollute drinking water supplies, make flooding more likely
DEP Issues Air Permit for Converted B.L. England Natural-Gas Plant
Tom Johnson | August 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue that facility will be biggest contributor to global warming in South Jersey
BPU Files with Federal Court, Wants FERC Rehearing on New Way to Pay for Power
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey, fearing spikes in power prices, joins with other states to roll back PJM scheme to increase grid reliability
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