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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
DEP Agrees to New Water Regulations, Legislature Will Not Rescind Rules
Tom Johnson | July 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists deeply disappointed in deal, argue that administrative order used to effect change can be revised at any time
Sharing Data: One Key to Keeping Fuel Flowing During Extreme Storms
Tom Johnson | July 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
When public and private sectors communicate, critical energy infrastructure has better chance of staying up and running
Obama Administration Has $4.5B for Infrastructure for Electric Cars
Tom Johnson | July 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Nationwide program aimed at curing ‘range anxiety,’ by ensuring there are plenty of charging stations available for alternative-fuel vehicles
JCP&L Takes Another Run at Spinning off Transmission Assets
Tom Johnson | July 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company adds five current commercial distribution customers to spinoff, hoping to qualify as public utility with power of eminent domain
PSEG Files with FERC to Stop Pipeline Expansion Project in New England
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
But opponents of PennEast argue some of company’s objections can also be made against the proposed pipeline, which PSEG backs
Federal Agency Says PennEast Environmental Impacts Could Be Reduced
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
FERC’s 1,000-plus-page Environmental Impact Statement on proposed pipeline hailed by company as step forward, dismissed by angry environmentalists
‘Greens’ Urge Senate to Post Resolution Rolling Back DEP’s New Water Rules
Tom Johnson | July 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues revised regulation streamlines permitting process while protecting water quality and preventing flooding
Will New Jersey’s Long, Hot Summer Mean More Forest Fires?
Tom Johnson | July 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Peak forest-fire season should be over, but hot, dry weather and global warming could contribute to even more acreage being destroyed
Easing the Bureaucratic Burden on New Jersey’s Aquaculture Sector
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Speeding the permitting process should make it easier — and less expensive — for shellfish farmers to concentrate more on their crops
As Temperatures Soar, Lawmakers Turn Attention to Beach Access — Again
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It can still be expensive and difficult for residents eager to swim, surf, or tan to get close to the water along parts of the Jersey Shore
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