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Measure to Keep ‘Dirt Brokers’ Out of Recycling Industry Moves Up, Slowly
Tom Johnson | February 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Fears that organized crime could infiltrate recycling sector prompt progress on tough licensing law that would include some background checks
Lawmakers Want Inventory of Lead Service Lines in Public Water Systems
Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Issue is a ‘very top priority’ for municipalities but they say they will need financial help to do the work
PSEG: We’re Not Bluffing About Shutting Down Nuke Plants
Tom Johnson | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
To bolster argument for subsidies paid by power customers, company says it would begin taking its three plants offline this fall if it doesn’t win its case
‘Green’ Groups Ask Murphy for Moratorium on New Fossil-Fuel Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition reports that if the 12 natural-gas projects are built, they would undercut administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050
More Job Losses Last Year for New Jersey’s Solar Sector — Report Asserts
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With nearly 700 jobs shed, it’s a second straight year of decline in a sector that’s key to New Jersey’s renewable-energy future
Working with Private Sector to Torque Up Municipal Energy Systems
Tom Johnson | February 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New measure would harness private money, expertise to drive energy efficiency at hospitals, wastewater-treatment plants, universities, prisons
Another Expert Casts Doubt on Need for NJ to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | February 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Economist also disputes PSEG’s contention that South Jersey plants will have to close within three years unless given subsidies
Good News for Consumers: NJ Electric Bills to Hold Steady
Tom Johnson | February 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After past volatility in the market, new rates for residential and small commercial customers to dip a little or rise a little
Fine Print: Taking a Harder Look at Greenhouse-Gas Emissions in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | February 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Many lawmakers, advocates, and members of the Murphy administration are all for the goals of the Global Warming Response Act, but a new bill may be the key to attaining them
Lawmakers Move to Keep Liberty State Park Free from Commercial Schemes
Tom Johnson | February 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The 1,200-acre park, with stunning views of the NYC waterfront and ‘Lady of the Harbor,’ doesn’t need a marina or amusement park, advocates argue
Power Execs Press Electric Grid Operator for Help On Revenues
Tom Johnson | February 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies have been lobbying for reforms to raise what they say are depressed prices that threaten the viability of nuclear plants
NJ, Other States Challenge Federal Failure to Curb Coal-Plant Pollution
Tom Johnson | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey and others in Northeast blame Environmental Protection Agency for not clamping down on emissions from upwind states
Rate Counsel Says PSEG, Exelon Failed to Show Need for $300M Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Companies’ ‘claims of financial hardship fall away’ under close examination, Stefanie Brand contends
Split Legislature Gives Thumbs-Up to Stormwater Runoff Controls
Tom Johnson | February 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Democratic majority champions measure as an effective tool for curbing pollution of NJ’s rivers and bays; GOP decries envisioned fees as ‘rain tax’
Murphy Urges Full Fracking Ban in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New prohibitions would be big victory for environmentalists, residents who have been campaigning for them for years
Panel OKs Spending Bill that Boosts Role of Nonprofits in Preservation Projects
Tom Johnson | January 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Groups’ share of open-space funds goes from 2 percent to 10 percent, and from 3 percent to 4 percent for farmland preservation
Stormwater Measure Advances in State Assembly, Opponents Air Criticisms
Tom Johnson | January 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Bill would facilitate new utilities that could impose fees on property owners. Money would go toward repair or replacement of failing stormwater systems
Enviros Say Proposed DEP Cap on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Not Enough
Tom Johnson | January 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Concern that rejoining multi-state greenhouse-gas initiative won’t do much good unless New Jersey demands more stringent pollution controls
‘Environmental Justice’ Protection for Poor Communities Approved
Tom Johnson | January 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Giving often-unheard neighborhoods a voice in siting of waste-treatment plants and other facilities is a top issue for the Murphy administration
BPU Policy Change Could Cost Consumers Hundreds of Millions in Higher Rates
Tom Johnson | January 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Under new regulation, 75 percent of savings from consolidated tax adjustments will go to utilities rather than consumers, reversing the split of earlier rule
PSEG Drives Home Vow to Shutter Nuclear Plants Unless Public Subsidizes Them
Tom Johnson | January 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company maintains new filings with state demonstrate case for up to $300 million in annual aid for three years, but most financial information has been redacted
Will Its Own Success Sabotage the Garden State’s Solar Sector?
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Add up solar installations — deployed and in the pipeline — and the Garden State has reached the point at which current subsidies expire — before a new program has been put in place
Governor Nominates Two Conservationists to Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy addresses concerns of leading environmentalists who had wanted Christie-era holdovers to be replaced
Solar Energy for the Less Well-Off in NJ: A Pilot Program Is Approved
Tom Johnson | January 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Also available to schools, local governments and nonprofits, the program is a scaled-down version of what solar advocates originally wanted
Suez Finds Elevated Lead Levels in Water in Bergen, Hudson Counties
Tom Johnson | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Extent of problem unclear, but likely linked to lead service lines connecting customers to water mains in the street
Governor Stresses Unsafe Lead Levels in NJ Water but Offers No Quick Fixes
Tom Johnson | January 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy says it’s time to do something about New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure but calls it a national problem that ‘requires a national solution’
NJ Settles with Fiat Chrysler over Software that Cheated on Emission Tests
Tom Johnson | January 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is part of a multistate settlement of a case involving attempts to evade diesel emission controls. An engineering company is also paying for its involvement
Elizabethtown Gas Names Christie McMullen to Leadership Role
Tom Johnson | January 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company appoints industry veteran to top position as it looks to spend $500 million on a major gas-main replacement program
Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy as NJ, Other States Adopt New Policies
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey under Gov. Phil Murphy has aggressive goals for renewable sources of energy, but initiatives aren’t expected to deliver immediately
PSEG Sells Defunct Coal Plants in Jersey City and Hamilton for Redevelopment
Tom Johnson | January 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer plans to repurpose the sites as state-of-the-art industrial parks serving growing warehouse-distribution business in region
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