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EPA Pledges to Clamp Down on Pollution from Heavy Trucks

Tom Johnson | November 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment

Agency promises new standard for emissions of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that’s a big issue in a corridor state like New Jersey

Despite Sandy, Building in Risky Flood Zones Continues Unabated

Tom Johnson | November 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Report questions how seriously policymakers and officials have taken the threat from climate change. Advocate suggests that decision was made to stay put and ‘live with the risk’
New Jersey in Right Place to Reap Benefits of Emerging Offshore-Wind Sector
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight offshore-wind roundtable, advocates help chart a path to administration’s aggressive goal — 3,500 megawatts of capacity by 2030
Proposed Natural Gas Compressor Station Puts Enviros, Union at Odds
NJTV News Online | November 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lines are drawn in Franklin Township clash over preventing pollution, creating jobs
The Devil Is in the Details of Community Solar Plan
Tom Johnson | November 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Developers want state subsidies but not everybody agrees with that. And activists say low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans should get discounts on their bills
BPU to Hire Consultant to Help Overhaul Solar Energy Program: Cost Is Key
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Existing program has cost utility ratepayers more than $2.8 billion over a decade. Board of Public Utilities is under pressure to cut costs for utility customers
Judge Weighs Other Courts’ Pro-Pipeline Rulings Before PennEast Decision
Jon Hurdle | November 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline foes say last-minute request for comments signals court will allow surveying on private land
Court Faults DEP in Changes to Radon Rules
Tom Johnson | November 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Appeals court also upholds finding that largest radon testing company in state committed violations
Power Grid Found to Be Reliable but Future Possible Risks Identified
Tom Johnson | November 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New analysis identifies extreme scenarios that could lead to outages — unusually frigid weather, spikes in customer demand, plant retirements, and more
BPU Edges Closer to Smart Meters, Asks Utilities for Cost-Benefit Analyses
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Advanced metering infrastructure could help power companies respond more efficiently to nor’easters and other storms, restore service more quickly
Gas Utility Figures to Spend More than $500M to Replace 300 Miles of Old Pipes
Tom Johnson | November 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Elizabethtown Gas proposes a big overhaul of its distribution system, parts of which are more than a century old
Energy Storage: What’s in Store for New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | October 31, 2018 | Energy & Environment
BPU chief: Ability to store energy is ‘critical for our future’ as examination of state’s energy-storage needs and opportunities gets underway
Probe into Newark Woman's Death after Power Shutoff Finds Errors at PSE&G
Tom Johnson | October 30, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Human error and systemic failures at utility cited as cause of delay in restoring power to home of woman on hospice care during heat wave
NJ Joins Fight Against Trump Administration’s Rollback of Fuel-Economy Standards
Tom Johnson | October 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey, 20 other states want federal agencies to withdraw a proposal that would ‘gut’ clean car standards
Ban on Disposal of Fracking Waste in NJ Nears but Some Enviros Have Qualms
Tom Johnson | October 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Same groups that previously backed prohibition want to focus instead on fracking ban coming before Delaware River Basin Commission
Stormwater Utilities to Control Polluted Runoff Get a Push from Pols
Tom Johnson | October 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has been talking about overhauling decrepit stormwater systems for a good 10 years. Is real progress finally in the offing?
Still No Cleanup of PFAS at MDL Base Two Years after Alarming Test Results
Jon Hurdle | October 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Spokesman says Air Force is taking ‘comprehensive approach’ to toxic chemicals, has not begun to remediate polluted groundwater
Critics Say Three NJ Nuclear Plants Are Making Money, Don’t Need Subsidies
Tom Johnson | October 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of up to $300M in annual aid lay out economic argument against assistance program
'Green' Groups Unite to Press Murphy for Overhaul of Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | October 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Many members of body charged with protecting the million-acre preserve in South Jersey are holdovers from Christie administration
Lead Paint and Mold Present Special Problems for Those in Affordable Housing
NJTV News Online | October 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Outsized impact of contaminants on NJ’s limited supply of affordable housing is focus of a public hearing
DEP Turns Down Plan for Massive Development in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | October 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
‘The struggle is not over,’ cautions one opponent of project for commercial space and thousands of houses in Barnegat Bay watershed
It’s All Upbeat in New Jersey’s Offshore-Wind Update Despite Cost
Tom Johnson | October 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers are briefed on goals and prospects for NJ’s clean-energy industry. Positive financial return and new jobs are emphasized
Collapse of NJ Solar Industry, Big Layoffs If No Interim State Plan — Warning
Tom Johnson | October 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Executives suggest urgent need for temporary system to incentivize solar development before transition to Murphy administration’s new approach
Shaping Up for a Big Fight in NJ on Question of Right to a Clean Environment
Tom Johnson | October 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Supporters seek voter approval for constitutional amendment to copperfasten people’s right. Opponents warn of endless litigation and a stifling of economic development
New Initiative Would Smooth the Road for Plug-In Electric Vehicles
Tom Johnson | October 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Comprehensive plan would help clean up the transportation sector, largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions — but at what price?
State Advised Yet Again to Reject Offshore-Wind Project Near Atlantic City
Tom Johnson | October 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Consultant tells Board of Public Utilities that Nautilus proposal is too small and would cost New Jersey ratepayers too much
Put Vehicles Powered by Fuel Cells in NJ’s Clean-Energy Agenda — Lawmakers Advised
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As Murphy administration goes full-speed on its clean-energy program, proponents of fuel cells are worried their technology could be left out
State’s $5.1 Million Deal Preserves 2,200 Acres of Watershed
Tom Johnson | October 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP and other funders join forces to acquire Hudson Farm properties in Sussex County, saving forests, streams, and mountaintops
DEP Launches Blueprint for Making Jersey Shore More Resilient to Climate Change
Jon Hurdle | October 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
As UN gives stark climate warning, NJ steps up plans to defend coastal zone from rising seas and bigger storms
State to Spend Volkswagen Money on Reducing Emissions
Tom Johnson | October 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Fund, which stems from auto manufacturer’s settlement for cheating on emissions testing, will focus on urban areas, promote electric vehicles
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