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Amid Crisis, Lawmakers Take Fresh Look At NJ’s Recycling System
Tom Johnson | August 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some environmental advocates say focus should be on reducing the amount of waste that’s generated
NJ Challenges Weaker Rule on Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency would let coal units slide on pollution controls. New Jersey is among 22 state challenging the rule as unlawful
More NJ Residents Will Qualify for Help to Pay Their Gas, Electric Bills
Tom Johnson | August 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The Board of Public Utilities will add up to 5,700 low-income households to its Universal Service Fund program, raising the income eligibility limit to 185 percent of the federal poverty level
Critics Warn Fed Proposal Could Hinder States from Protecting Waterways
Tom Johnson | August 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Environmental Protection Agency moves to streamline the Clean Water Act, New Jersey activists wonder about effects on PennEast pipeline
Show of Force by Critics of Draft Energy Master Plan, Frustration Grows
Tom Johnson | August 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Climate-change activists fault Murphy administration’s draft plan for not imposing immediate moratorium on fossil-fuel projects
BPU Gives Assurance that State’s Solar Projects Will Stay on Track
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As agency takes steps to establish process to close current system of solar funding, it tells developers the market will remain stable
PennEast Reaches Major Milestone, Plans to Submit New Application to DEP
Tom Johnson | August 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The controversial 120-mile pipeline has wrapped up all outstanding land surveys, completing a step that kept it stalled for more than a year
Algae Blooms Symptomatic of Deeper Issues with NJ’s Water Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | August 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Problems like fertilizer runoff and combined-sewer overflows are well known, but state and legislators are stymied by $16-billion-plus price tag to begin to rectify situation
NJ Sues over Federal Plan to Cut Penalty for Fuel-Economy Violations
Tom Johnson | August 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey joins other states seeking to stop National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from more than halving penalty on automakers that don’t meet national standards
NJ Groups Join Lawsuit over Questionable New Federal Lead Standards
Tom Johnson | August 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Attorney claims ‘Trump’s EPA’ failed to ‘follow mainstream science and correctly update these standards for children’s sake’
State to Overhaul Current Financing Mechanism for Solar Systems
Tom Johnson | August 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Board of Public Utilities prepares to shut down current financing system for solar projects, clean-energy developers argue move will jeopardize millions of dollars in investments
Big Cut in PSE&G Spending Plan for Gas and Power Grids Ready to Be Finalized
Tom Johnson | July 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Utility tentatively agrees to significant reduction in proposed $2.5 billion program; public outcry over nuclear subsidy may have had effect
NJ Supreme Court Reverses Decision About Source of Bayonne Pollution
Tom Johnson | July 30, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Court holds that Australian real estate developer improperly blocked from using state Spill Fund to clean up polluted flooding following Sandy
Feds Cancel Power Auction by Grid Operator, Market Uncertainty Increases
Tom Johnson | July 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission affects PJM’s setting of energy prices — source of long-running dispute in New Jersey and elsewhere
PSEG Plans to Power Down All but Three Natural-Gas Power Plants
Tom Johnson | July 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Company indicates that making the closeouts a done deal by 2046 is critical to goal of reducing climate-warming emissions to net zero by 2050
Pallone, Congressional Dems Plot the Route to Clean-Energy Consensus
Tom Johnson | July 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Democrat doesn’t minimize challenges in reaching agreement in Congress but says there ‘needs to be federal action’
Murphy Signs Law that Targets Global Warming, Concedes It’s Not Enough
Tom Johnson | July 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
One activist calls measure to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in New Jersey ‘really significant’ while another says it falls far short of efforts by other states
‘Green’ Coalition Asks Burlington Freeholders to Block SRL Pipeline
Tom Johnson | July 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Enviros want board to deny permit to New Jersey Natural Gas for Southern Reliability Link. Utility has already started building in Pinelands National Preserve
NJ Democrats, Louisiana Republicans, Others in Bid to Improve Flood Insurance
Tom Johnson | July 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire, Sen. Bob Menendez says joint effort is ‘a chance to fix what’s broken’
New York Tops NJ with Plans for Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | July 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces most ambitious offshore-wind goals in the country, stage set for competition with Garden State
Critics Contend State’s Draft Energy Master Plan Won’t Slow Climate Change
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Enviros came out in droves for Murphy. Now they’re saying his draft plan is too soft on natural gas projects, too reliant on nuclear power
Lethal Heat Waves in Offing Without Global Action; Heat Index Would Leap in NJ
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has averaged three days per year with heat index above 100 degrees Fahrenheit; that could go to 49 days by the end of the century if nothing is done
Unhappy Enviros Blast Murphy’s Draft Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | July 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Coalition of environmental groups argue draft plan doesn’t impose a needed moratorium on new fossil-fuel projects
Changing of the Guard at New Jersey Resources
Tom Johnson | July 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After steering company for two decades, Laurence Downes to step down; he has been a big booster of a clean-energy economy for Garden State
Thinking Small Could Alter Power Grid by Integrating Small-Scale Power Systems
Tom Johnson | July 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Distributed energy resources like solar arrays and CHP can help customers save while giving utilities a way to trim spending on local, long-distance infrastructure
Advocates Optimistic About Bid To Monitor PFAS In Water Systems
Tom Johnson | July 10, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Amendments to annual federal defense spending bill contain language that could help define scope of the contamination
Explainer: Trump Repeals Obama Clean Power Plan, Offers Slacker Alternative
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2019 | Explainer
A 60-day window is open for challenges to EPA’s adoption of new rule concerning emissions from coal-fired plants; challenges to the new regulation are expected
Lake Hopatcong Closure Seen as Wake-Up Call for State’s Watersheds
Tom Johnson | July 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The shutdown of New Jersey’s largest recreational lake because of harmful algae blooms is not an isolated case; conservationists warn that something must change
NJ Joins Other States in Asbestos Lawsuit Against Trump’s EPA
Tom Johnson | July 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Officials say federal agency is failing to collect data on the importation and use of the known carcinogen
Ørsted’s Plan for Wind in NJ Promises to Aid Economic Development
Tom Johnson | July 2, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Danish developer could bring German manufacturer of turbine foundations to Paulsboro, one way it can deliver economic-development benefits to help create green-energy sector
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