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BPU President Explains Why Agency Gave Go-Ahead to Latest Pinelands Pipeline
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Benefits and need outweigh concerns raised by locals, other opponents, according to Mroz
Locals Once Again Have No Say Over Pipeline Crossing the Pinelands
Tom Johnson | March 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
BPU ready to give its OK to a 30-mile natural-gas conduit from New Jersey Natural Gas
Lawmakers Push for 80 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050 -- Again
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One of the problems with this aggressive goal is that the Christie administration is not likely to back it
Coastal Advocates Laud Obama Decision Not to Allow Drilling Offshore
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Although lease sales would not have been directly off Jersey coast, accidents or oil spills could have wreaked havoc with state’s tourism, fishing industry
Lead-Contaminated Water Found in Newark Schools Not a New Problem
Tom Johnson | March 15, 2016 | Education, Energy & Environment
District admits elevated lead levels detected in schools in past but not revealed to public
PSEG to Ramp Up Capital Spending by $3 Billion, to $16 Billion All Told
Tom Johnson | March 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Increased spending, company says at annual investors conference, creates both new jobs and profits for stockholders
NJ Transit Inks $10 Million Deal for Firm to Service Its Growing Fleet of CNG Buses
Tom Johnson | March 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Contract covers rebuilding of compressed natural-gas fueling station in Howell Township
Lead Scare Over Water in Newark Schools Underscores NJ’s Toxic Problem
Tom Johnson | March 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Testing at 30 schools reveals lead levels above federal EPA action guidelines, triggers emergency response including use of bottled water
State DEP Withdraws Rule Changes, Avoids Clash with Lawmakers
Tom Johnson | March 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Agency agrees to revamp proposal opponents said could adversely affect water quality and increase risk of flooding
Fine Print: Making Sure Environmental Awards Go to the Environment
Tom Johnson | March 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Bill being voted on today in an Assembly committee would make sure that half of environmental settlements can’t be diverted to general budget
Showdown over Proposed Changes to DEP Water Rules Moves Closer
Tom Johnson | March 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Rarely used legislative override could prevent rules from being adopted or force DEP to rescind them
Environmental Group Sues Federal Agency for Alleged Conflict of Interest
Tom Johnson | March 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In its suit against FERC, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network claims the review and approval process for pipeline projects is fundamentally flawed
‘Stormwater Utilities’ Can Help Clean Up the Problem of Polluted Runoff
Tom Johnson | March 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Heavy rains can sluice untreated sewage into NJ’s waterways, but a proposed bill would try a solution already in place across the nation
Getting to 80% Renewable Energy by 2050: Lawmakers Start to Talk Tactics
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Reaching this target without further burdening NJ consumers is chief concern -- for now
Explainer: SBC -- A Well-Intentioned Surcharge All Too Easy to Divert
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2016 | Explainer
Rather than funding clean energy as intended, the revenues have been used like an ATM by the administration and legislators
Clean-Energy Initiatives in NJ Sponsored by Feds to Tune of $360 Million Since 2008
Tom Johnson | February 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers again poised to pick up pace of renewable rollouts, seeking 80% of state’s energy to come from clean sources by 2050
BPU to Hear Complaints Against Verizon and Its South Jersey Service
Tom Johnson | February 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Problems with carrier’s conventional landline service have long been a point of contention with residents, businesses, local authorities
BPU Blocks JCP&L Plan to Spin Off Transmission Assets as Public Utility
Tom Johnson | February 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Without utility status, new company would not have power of eminent domain, would have to negotiate new routes with towns individually
Verizon Refuses to Pay Portion of Tax Bill to Rural Communities
Tom Johnson | February 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Telecom company argues it doesn’t need to pay where it doesn’t deliver landline service to majority of local customers
State's Poor Urban Children Most at Risk from Lead in Water, Advocates Testify
Tom Johnson | February 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Experts say that upgrading NJ water infrastructure to eliminate lead, other pollutants could cost tens of billions of dollars
PSEG Power Has No Plans to Add Generating Capacity in the Near Term
Tom Johnson | February 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company is counting on trio of natural-gas plants scheduled to come online in next few years to put generation where it needs to be
Feds Approve Spinoff of JCP&L Transmission Assets into New Utility
Tom Johnson | February 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocate argues move is contrary to state law, would reduce oversight of Board of Public Utilities
Fine Print: Getting New Jersey on the Road to Cleaner-Running Vehicles
Tom Johnson | February 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Bill would establish clean-vehicle commission to promote proliferation of low- and zero-emission cars and trucks
Christie’s New Budget Plan: Same Old Diversions from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | February 17, 2016 | Budget, Energy & Environment, Politics
Few consumers understand that when they pay their utility bills, their money helps keeps lights on at state facilities and cover costs for NJ Transit
Administration’s Rule Change Earns It Another ‘Green’ Lawsuit
Tom Johnson | February 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists sue the DEP over attempts to relax restrictions on development of coastal areas, including those ravaged by Sandy
Residential Electricity Prices Inch Up Due to Reliability Investments
Tom Johnson | February 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
One exception to higher prices is JCP&L, whose customers will see a slight drop in their electric bills
U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Clean-Power Plan — States Get Temporary Stay
Tom Johnson | February 11, 2016 | Energy & Environment
For now, New Jersey will not have to implement strict new regulations governing greenhouse-gas emissions
NJ Congressional Delegation Wants More Federal Funds for Transit-System Repairs
Tom Johnson | February 10, 2016 | Transportation
Request to Department of Transportation indicates that NJ Transit needs almost $470 million to fix damage from Hurricane Sandy
Open-Space, Farmland Preservation Get Closer as Panel Votes Out Bill
Tom Johnson | February 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Questions remain about funding for Blue Acres, urban-area contamination
Barnegat Bay Needs to Be Put on 'Pollution Diet' to Limit Runoff, Bill Argues
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Legislation in front of Assembly Committee would direct the DEP to again study Barnegat Bay, develop ways to clean up its waters
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