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Judge Grants First Eminent Domain Case to PennEast in Pennsylvania

Jon Hurdle | December 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment

Company says ruling will allow it to complete surveys. New Jersey landowners await ruling from different judge

Murphy Officials Undo Christie’s Septic-Tank Density Rule for Highlands

Tom Johnson | December 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Activists, who had strongly resisted former governor’s easing of environmental standards, welcome move but wonder about provision for further evaluation
New Chemical Substitutes Threaten to Undermine NJ’s Cutting-Edge Rules on PFAS
Jon Hurdle | December 10, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Manufacturers have responded to increasing regulation by introducing chemical alternatives that have not been fully vetted, scientists tell NJ Spotlight roundtable
NJ Sues Polluters of Low-Income Communities, Wants ‘Environmental Justice’
Jon Hurdle | December 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
AG Grewal charges companies with discharging waste water containing nickel and chrome, illegally dumping thousands of tons of contaminated material, and failing to clean up hazardous leaks
Enviros Turn Up Heat on Governor to Stop Fossil Fuel Developments in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | December 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dozens of groups, critical of Murphy for not reversing Christie policies, join campaign calling for moratorium on new power plants and pipelines
Pumping Up State Spending on Open Space, Land Preservation, Parks
Tom Johnson | December 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Extra funding to help acquire open space and to deal with ‘massive backlogs’ in park maintenance after logjam between Christie administration and legislators
Canine Detectives Doggedly Inspect the Water Quality
NJTV News Online | December 3, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Kai and Remi are working to sniff out evidence of human fecal pollution in the Navesink River
Lawmakers Tap $160M in Pollution Damages to Restore Habitats
Tom Johnson | November 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Money from ExxonMobil case would be part of allotment for several restoration projects, but environmentalists concerned that funds are not properly targeted
Federal Report on Climate Change Has Grim Warnings for New Jersey
Tom Johnson | November 26, 2018 | Energy & Environment
There’s no sugarcoating the conclusions of major document. It underlines threats to health and well-being in the Northeast
Opinion: Major Investments, Far Better Planning Needed to Clean Up Water in NJ
Daniel J. Van Abs | November 19, 2018 | Opinion
Cleaning New Jersey’s groundwater and surface water will require major investments in infrastructure along with an overhaul of state planning
Highlands Council’s New Head Seeks More Local Support For Regional Plan
Jon Hurdle | November 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lisa Plevin is trying to sway leaders of more than 20 municipalities to sign on to the effort to preserve the environmentally sensitive hill country
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
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
'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
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
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
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
PFAS Levels at NJ Base 24,000 Times Higher than Proposed Fed Standard — Study
Jon Hurdle | October 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst data shows some PFAS levels also exceed EPA health advisory
Does NJ Need Stormwater Utilities to Stem Polluted Runoff and Flooding?
Tom Johnson | September 27, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The utilities, common in other states, would levy fees on residents and businesses to fund improvements in stormwater systems
DRBC Seeks to Block PennEast from Cutting Trees Along Pipeline Route
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency fears damage to water resources from premature felling of trees but is told it must resubmit request through proper channels
Governor Urged to Block Discharge of Fracking Waste in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | September 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A ban on fracking in the watershed is expected later this year, but there’s still a proposal to allow discharge of fracking waste in the region. Murphy is being asked to prevent that happening
As Public Concern About PFAS Climbs, EPA Urged to Set Enforceable Standard
Jon Hurdle | September 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
At congressional hearing, advocates say federal government needs to address contamination worries
EPA Funds Will Help Garden State Resolve Some of Its Water Woes
Tom Johnson | September 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
The $84 million to be distributed across New Jersey will go toward addressing outstanding issues with sewage treatment and drinking water
NJ Becomes First State to Regulate Carcinogenic Chemical as EPA Lags
Jon Hurdle | September 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Garden State water systems must start testing for PFNA in early 2019
Move in Congress to Weaken Clean Water Act Could Have Big Impact in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | August 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of PennEast pipeline say if law is revamped, it would make it ‘extremely difficult’ to fight such projects
FERC Rebuffs Requests to Reconsider Approval of PennEast Pipeline
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents to take their case to federal courts, where they believe they have still a chance to stop the natural-gas project
Map Zeroes in on Pollution in Delaware River Watershed
Tom Johnson | August 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
A new interactive map shows threats, old and new, to vital water source. It underlines challenges that remain for river that ‘has come back from the brink’
Opinion: Few Municipalities in NJ Will Create Stormwater Utilities, But Some Should
Daniel J. Van Abs | August 13, 2018 | Opinion
The need to improve stormwater management is increasing every year. Costs will rise, putting pressure on local government budgets
NJ Issues First Advisories for Consumption of Fish Containing PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | July 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State scientists recommend limits for 12 species found to contain chemicals linked to cancers and other illnesses
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July 18, 2018 | Number of The Day
Big ‘Ecological Impact’ to Follow Removal of Warren County Dam
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Multimillion-dollar project to clear away Columbia Lake Dam gears up. Will shad and other species come back to restored habitat?
Go/No-Go for Power Plant on One of NJ’s Most Pristine Waterways
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
DEP gives exemption to proposed development in Highlands, but also deems project inconsistent with water-quality regulations
Is NJ Ready for Water-Use Fee to Fund Billions in Upgrades of Aging Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | July 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
State Sen. Bob Smith has long argued for a toll to help fund renewal of New Jersey’s century-old water system. He thinks the time just might be right to get it done
Feds Release Long-Awaited Report on Health Risks of Chemical Family
Jon Hurdle | June 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New health standards on 14 chemicals in the PFAS family raise concerns about current EPA limits — or the lack of them
Does ‘Rain Tax’ Have a Chance of Staunching State’s Stormwater Runoff?
Tom Johnson | June 19, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Bill voted out of key Senate committee would let towns and counties assess fees on sources of runoff to cover cost of managing stormwater
Getting Lead Out of NJ’s Water Means First Finding How It’s Getting In
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Package of bills would require public water systems to compile list of lead service lines, public schools to maintain online database of lead-testing results
Is a Natural-Gas Power Plant in the Works for the Musconetcong River?
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Preliminary discussions between project developer and state and local officials explore building the plant on the state’s top trout stream
A Change of Name, Not Mission, for ‘Bank’ That Funds Clean Water Across NJ
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Under its new name, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will still loan money to stem pollution from sewage treatment, upgrade drinking-water systems
NJ Panel Urges Tighter Chemical Rule as EPA Mulls National Standard
Jon Hurdle | May 29, 2018 | Energy & Environment
If DEP adopts nation’s strictest proposal regarding PFOS, regulators could require public water systems and private well owners to limit amount of chemical in drinking water to 13 ppt
NJ Asks Appeals Court to Review FERC’s Approval of PennEast Pipeline
Jon Hurdle | May 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Attorney General Grewal says agency wrong to give project certificate that has allowed it to file eminent domain suits against New Jersey landowners
Pallone Accuses White House of Trying to Suppress Report on PFCs in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | May 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey has some of strictest standards in country for regulating the contaminants, but environmentalist says DEP's regulation process has slowed
Acting DEP Commissioner McCabe Sails Through Confirmation Hearing
Tom Johnson | May 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Many committee questions reflect disputes with prior administration headed by former Gov. Chris Christie
State Still Struggling with Stormwater Runoff, Can New Bill Help?
Tom Johnson | May 11, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pollution from stormwater runoff is a $15 billion problem that won’t go away. Stormwater utilities could help Garden State get a handle on the solution
Proposed Pipeline Extension Raises Ire, Environmental Concerns
NJTV News Online | May 1, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Residents want to know why New Jersey takes the risk but New York gets the gas
Newark Faces Court Test over Lead Levels in Water
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Two organizations argue city supplies show nearly twice the federal-action level for the contaminant
DEP Denies Lakewood’s Bid for Designation as Regional Center
Tom Johnson | April 24, 2018 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection blocks huge development project for second time, citing failure to address water-supply needs
FERC Reviews Its Policies for Approving Natural-Gas Pipelines
Tom Johnson | April 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Critics say federal agency rubber-stamps projects, without evaluating if a pipeline is truly needed and gauging its environmental impact
Will Murphy Let Company Dump Treated Wastewater into Delaware River?
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Opponents worry that loophole in bill on governor’s desk will allow fracking waste to be discharged into river
ACUA’s Battery-Storage System, First Financed by NJ's Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | April 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Atlantic County Utilities Authority will back up wastewater treatment plant — powered in part by solar and wind — if grid goes down
NJ Landowners in Federal Court to Fight Pipeline Company on Eminent Domain
Jon Hurdle | April 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Dozens of New Jersey landowners were in court yesterday to challenge PennEast’s efforts to take possession of parts of their properties
New Funds for NJ Groups to Combat Threats to Delaware River Basin’s Water Quality
Jon Hurdle | April 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Millions of dollars more for grassroots efforts in New Jersey and adjoining states to tackle dangers to vital source of drinking water
NJ Files in Federal Court to Stop PennEast from Condemning Protected Land
Tom Johnson | March 23, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Roughly half of the properties pipeline company wants to seize under eminent domain are preserved as open space and farmland
New Jersey Looks to $50M Bond Issue to Fund Stormwater Management
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Stormwater pollution has long been recognized as a huge problem in the Garden State, but an even bigger problem has been finding funds to deal with it
Feds Convening Summit on Water Contamination in NJ, Other States
Tom Johnson | March 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Gathering will address risks posed by manmade chemicals widely used in nonstick cookware and other household products
Murphy Administration Settles MTBE Pollution Cases for $200 Million
Tom Johnson | March 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Natural-resources damage suit involves three oil companies who contaminated groundwater with potentially carcinogenic gasoline additive
New Jersey, Delaware Ease Advisories on Certain Fish
Tom Johnson | February 21, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Action indicates drop in contamination, but some shellfish and other fish should be avoided, especially by women of childbearing age
Opinion: How Much Water Do We Waste — And Who Are 'We'?
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 21, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey wastes more water than we should but perhaps less than we feared
AG's Motion Anticipates Possible Legal Challenge over PennEast Pipeline
Jon Hurdle | February 20, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Attorney general argues FERC certificate flawed because it allows PennEast to seek eminent domain without knowing environmental impact over much of route
Pipeline Conflict Heats Up: Landowners Vow to Fight PennEast on Eminent Domain
Jon Hurdle | February 15, 2018 | Energy & Environment
After almost 130 New Jersey landowners refuse offers of compensation for right of way on their properties, company files for eminent domain, unleashing a new storm of protest
Can Stormwater Utilities Help NJ Reduce Runoff Pollution?
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers revive bill looking at new ways of dealing with old problem, stormwater runoff fouling waterways and causing major flooding
Appeals Court Upholds Outstanding $225M Fine Against ExxonMobil
Tom Johnson | February 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Plaintiffs argue amount too small but are relieved constitutional amendment ensures environmental fines go to restoring natural resources
Calls for State Probe into Radium in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | February 7, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say looser EPA limit may not protect public health after report finds hundreds of NJ water systems contain radioactive element at levels above that recommended by California
AG Rejects PennEast Offers for Easements on Protected Lands
Jon Hurdle | February 6, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Pipeline company says it will begin eminent domain actions if landowners hold out after deadline
Murphy Joins Neighboring Governors in United Front against Fracking
Tom Johnson | February 2, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Goal is to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in Delaware River Basin, water supply to more than 15 million people in four states
Opinion: NJ's Water Needs Could Decrease, Despite 10.4M Residents by 2040
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 1, 2018 | Opinion
Taking a broad array of variables into account, and working with the best-case scenario, the state's population could increase while demand for water could lessen
FERC OK of PennEast Doesn't Make Pipeline a Sure Thing
Tom Johnson | January 22, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal approval means pipeline company can gather environmental data needed for permits, but opponents vow they will continue to fight
DEP Won’t Rescind Highlands Septic-Tank Rule, Despite Legislative Action
Tom Johnson | January 16, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Agency argues lawmakers overstepped authority when they moved to abolish controversial rule increasing number of septic tanks in region
Lawmakers Rap DEP, Roll Back Rule on Septic Tanks in Highlands
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Maneuver made possible with rarely used legislative tool allowing rules to be rescinded if found inconsistent with law
Panel Recommends $400M Bond Issue to Shore Up NJ’s Water Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | January 4, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It may only be a drop in the bucket toward solving $40B problem, but could help ease breaks and leaks plaguing outdated water system
Using Recycled Asphalt in Quarry Reclamation Worries ‘Greens’
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists argue oils and heavy metals in the material could seep into groundwater if employed for quarry reclamation
Water Advocates Seek Public Backing for Massive Infrastructure Upgrade
Jon Hurdle | December 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Jersey Water Works, a collaborative with some 350 members, wants to make water systems and their problems highly visible, even though they’re typically underground
Will New Jersey Make a Healthy Environment an Inalienable Right?
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Garden State could follow Pennsylvania and Montana and pass constitutional amendment to safeguard clean air, water
Opinion: A Year One Clean-Water Agenda for New Jersey
Chris Sturm | November 30, 2017 | Opinion
It’s time for New Jersey to become a leader once again in protecting our residents and our economy through smart, innovative investments in the water systems
Pesticide Ban Stalls When Critics Claim Feds Should Make Call
Tom Johnson | November 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Obama administration recommendation to stop using chlorpyrifos reversed by Scott Pruitt, new head of EPA
New Jersey Scientists Urge State to Curb Another Chemical in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | November 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Maximum Contaminant Limit for PFOS would help protect human health over a lifetime of exposure to the chemical, which has been linked to cancer, immune-system problems
Lawmakers Ready to Say ‘No’ to More Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | November 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Legislators move to roll back rule, issue rare rebuke to executive branch that originally passed regulation
Legislature, DEP at Loggerheads Again Over Septic Tanks in Highlands
Tom Johnson | November 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers moving to block agency proposal, could use rarely employed tool to rescind rules judged inconsistent with legislative intent
DEP Sets Nation’s Strictest Limit on Chemical in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | November 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PFOA has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, and developmental problems in young children
Op-Ed: Open Space as Important as Ever
Kelly Mooij | November 1, 2017 | Opinion
Preservation must remain a priority for incoming administration
Shad Surge in Delaware River Thanks to Pollution Controls, Dam Removal
Jon Hurdle | October 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Number of juvenile shad monitored in summer count highest in 38 years, according to state DEP
New Jersey Inks 10-Year Pact on Taking Water from Delaware River
Tom Johnson | October 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agreement — also signed by three other states and New York City — ends dispute over release of water from city reservoirs
Feds to Fund Massive Flood-Control Project for Hoboken, Nearby Towns
Tom Johnson | October 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Project includes green infrastructure to protect three communities from storm surges that left them inundated after Hurricane Sandy
Opinion: Real Implications of Affordability — It’s Not Just Political Rhetoric
Joel C. Cantor | October 24, 2017 | Opinion
When money is tight or health fails, stress is a major factor in people’s lives
High Arsenic Levels in Some Private Wells in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New study maps where people get drinking water, correlates private sources with presence of arsenic
State Appellate Court Blocks Mining Operation in Pinelands
Tom Johnson | October 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Court finds Pinelands Commission’s rejection of project was justified because it did not conform to region’s Comprehensive Management Plan
Ballot Question Closer to Stop Raiding of Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | October 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers and environmentalists see constitutional amendment as only way to keep natural-resources settlements from being siphoned off
‘Greens’ Say Highlands Council Trying to Stifle Public Comment
Jon Hurdle | October 4, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Council says rules ensure that discussions on updated regional plan take place in public
The Delaware River Watershed: Protecting Today and Tomorrow
NJ Spotlight Staff | October 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight/State Impact PA event takes a closer look at resource that provides drinking water to millions
Climate Change in New Jersey? It’s Here
Tom Johnson | September 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Hotter summers, more extreme storms, increased flooding — a statewide dialogue hopes to hammer out a climate-change policy for the Garden State
State Drafts Settlements in Three Longstanding Pollution Lawsuits
Tom Johnson | September 21, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics contend state is pushing to settle decade-old cases now, before possible constitutional amendment blocks funds from being diverted
Delaware River Watershed: It's Healthy, but Significant Threats Are Looming
Tom Johnson | September 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Vital resource for millions of people needs more aggressive protections, advocates contend
Second Pinelands Pipeline OK’d at Tempestuous Agency Meeting
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Also on the Pinelands Commission agenda: restricting use of off-road vehicles in nature preserve
DRBC Acts to Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | September 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
But environmentalists unhappy with move to regulate fracking wastewater
Opinion: The Time is Now for Drinking Water Utilities to Improve Their Systems
Daniel J. Van Abs | September 7, 2017 | Opinion
The Water Quality Accountability Act is a major first step toward a statewide system of effective asset management for our drinking water utilities
Unsafe Lead Levels Found in Drinking Water at 400 NJ Schools
Tom Johnson | September 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Results confirm lead leaching from old fixtures and pipes is extensive problem facing state’s district and charter schools
Trump’s EPA Cuts Could Wreak Havoc with Delaware River Watershed
Tom Johnson | September 5, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Water-related programs at federal agency could be trimmed by almost 35 percent, affecting host of efforts in place to protect water quality
Feds Award NJ $70M to Upgrade Wastewater, Drinking-Water Systems
Tom Johnson | August 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Allocation will help finance $500 million in upgrades to sewage-treatment plants through the New Jersey Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
Renewed Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling off New Jersey Shoreline
Tom Johnson | August 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration seeks to develop program to open all the nation’s coasts to exploration along outer continental shelf
PennEast Wants Fast-Track Approval from FERC for $1B Pipeline
Tom Johnson | August 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Company argues project is ‘critically important’ to bring new and necessary natural-gas supplies to Northeast, increase reliability of today’s pipeline grid
DEP Denies Permits for 1,800-Unit Housing Development in Lakewood
Tom Johnson | August 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Chosen site, a former golf course, would wind up with 70 percent impervious cover once project was complete — markedly increasing stormwater runoff
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