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BPU Tool Helps Water Companies Speed Infrastructure Investments

Tom Johnson | January 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment

Agency opts to renew program that lets companies invest up to 5 percent of revenues in system upgrades without lengthy regulatory review

Renewed Demand for State Water Supply Plan, But DEP Won’t Say When

Jon Hurdle | January 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Member of expert panel says lack of a blueprint leaves New Jersey vulnerable to drought and unable to manage water assets and infrastructure
DEP Accepts Plan to Curb Toxic Chemical in NJ’s Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Surveys have shown the presence of PFNA in New Jersey’s public water systems is much higher than the national rate
State Agency Has Unanswered Questions about PennEast Project
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Department of Environmental Protection says it will withhold permits until surveys of proposed route, environmental impact studies are complete
New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin but Funding Unclear
Jon Hurdle | January 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Source of drinking water for millions of people gets legal safeguards; it’s not yet clear whether Congress will provide the money to implement them
For Bayonne Residents, Upgraded Water System Comes at a Price
NJTV News Online | January 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Officials created a private partnership that has dealt with decades of neglect but has led to sharp increases in rates
Renewing Aged Water Infrastructure in New Jersey, One Street at a Time
Jon Hurdle | December 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Antiquated leak-prone systems are being upgraded in some parts of the state, but water industry advocates argue that much more needs to be done
Constitutional Amendment Coming on Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Voters this fall will be asked to dedicate damages in pollution cases to restoring natural resources, while Highlands takes another step toward greater protection
‘Greens’ Continue to Fight Against Greater Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
At heart of matter: Acceptable levels of nitrate in soil and clean drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans
Just How Badly Is NJ’s Water Infrastructure Leaking?
Tom Johnson | December 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It’s virtually impossible to determine, since NJ water companies are not required to perform water-loss audits
Two Pipeline Proposals Kicked Back to Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Decision as to whether projects meet commission’s comprehensive master plan likely to shape future of development in million-acre preserve
Trump’s Pick to Head EPA Could Be Bad News for NJ’s Air and Water
Tom Johnson | December 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scott Pruitt has fought to block Obama administration’s attempts to slow climate change, and battled regulations to limit air pollution
Water System Reformers Rally Support for Huge Infrastructure Campaign
Jon Hurdle | December 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In coming year, members of Jersey Water Works have committed to building new water mains and developing guidance on green infrastructure, as part of an ambitious agenda
Troubles with NJ Drinking-Water System: Easy to Spot, Costly to Correct
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The most vexing difficulty with water system may be where to find the money to fix wasteful problems
As Drought Worsens, Renewed Calls for Release of Long-Overdue Water Plan
Jon Hurdle | November 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Water-supply advocates argue that plan — last updated in 1996 — can’t deal with current shortages, possible pollution from sewage treatment plants
Op-Ed: Preparing for Environmental Changes Ahead
Cindy Ehrenclou | November 29, 2016 | Opinion
With the entire New Jersey Senate and Assembly up for election, we need to choose political leaders for whom the environment is a priority
State Hopes to Establish Prices for Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | November 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Standards could help ensure compensation is adequate and fair, prevent funds being raided for use in general budget
Depleted Reservoirs Prompt Official Drought Watch for Delaware River Basin
Jon Hurdle | November 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With no end in sight to extended dry spell, regulators take action to compel conservation and to try to keep a ‘salt front’ from threatening drinking water
Knowledge, Cash Critical in Fight Against Lead Poisoning in NJ’s Kids
Meir Rinde | November 22, 2016 | Education, Healthcare
Experts argue that education professionals — superintendents, teachers, nurses, and school psychologists — must learn to identify symptoms of this deadly epidemic
Rate Counsel Takes Aim at PennEast Pipeline, Argues It’s Unneeded
Tom Johnson | November 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer representative also objects to the size of the profits the project would reap if it goes into service
Feds Push Back Review of PennEast Pipeline Project into 2017
Tom Johnson | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also wants pipeline company to submit new data and make corrections to its application
DRBC Considers Drought Emergency to Boost Sluggish Flows in Delaware River
Jon Hurdle | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Salt front’ continues to move upriver, closer to fresh-water intakes
Pinelands Pipeline Hits Snag, Sent Back to Commission, BPU
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State appeals court remands project to Pinelands Commission and Board of Public Utilities for proper approval
Delaware River Salt Front Moves Upstream as Drought Cuts Flows
Jon Hurdle | October 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Reservoir releases can slow the front, but reduce available amount of drinking water — already in scant supply — in the process
At DEP Drought Hearing, Repeated Calls for State Water Plan
Tom Johnson | October 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Agency says updated plan isn’t ready for release, but state has all the tools it needs to fight water shortage
State Poised to Issue First Drought Warning in More Than a Decade
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Today’s public hearing of Department of Environmental Protection will document drought conditions in more than a dozen north and central New Jersey counties
Profile: The World of Cumberland County’s Bayshore Is Her Oyster
Jon Hurdle | October 19, 2016 | Profiles
One woman’s passion for the county’s historic Bayshore led to a restored ship, a museum, an environmental center, and renewed local pride
Campaigners Demand Map to Limit Forest Destruction by Off-Road Drivers
Jon Hurdle | October 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands activists welcome new data on disturbed sites, but say damage to Wharton State Forest will continue unless detailed map shows which areas are off limits
Transco Compressor Project Stirs Critics at Bordentown Meeting
Jon Hurdle | October 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Residents argue that state can block what they see as a dangerous project by refusing to issue water-quality permits
Occidental to Pay $165 million Toward EPA’s Cleanup of Passaic River Pollution
Jon Hurdle | October 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Actual removal of thousands of pounds of contaminants will not begin until 2020 and could take six years to complete
Opinion: NJ Needs a Better Approach to Affordable Water and Sewer Utilities
Daniel J. Van Abs | September 30, 2016 | Opinion
Drinking water and sewer utility costs have been rising faster than both inflation and median incomes, and are very likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future
Op-Ed: Leadership Now Can Protect NJ’s Water Supply from Future Climate Change
Tom Kean Sr. and Jim Florio | September 29, 2016 | Opinion
New report is catalyst to begin identifying risks to water supply posed by climate change and implementing measures to reduce vulnerability
PennEast Proposes Route Changes to Lessen Environmental Impact
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists raise concerns that modifications were announced after public comment period was over
Drinking Water Panel Urges DEP to Adopt Nation’s Strictest Limit on PFOA
Jon Hurdle | September 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scientists want New Jersey to reduce the permitted level in drinking water of chemical that has been linked to cancer
High Levels of Chromium 6 Found in Many NJ Water Systems, Study Says
Jon Hurdle | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical has been linked to several types of cancer; environmental group says it is unsafe even at low levels
$20M for Lead Abatement to Come from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used for public buildings with high levels of lead, but environmentalists and business lobbyists oppose source of funding
Public Water Utilities, Loath to Raise Rates, Must Deal with Aging Pipes, Pumps
Jon Hurdle | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Officials pass the cost along to coming generations, industry expert says, and others warn of total breakdown
New Jersey Government Agencies Add Their Voices to PennEast Protest
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Among the objections, one familiar to opponents: The state doesn’t need the natural gas the pipeline would deliver
Critics Call on DEP to Hold Line on Septic-Tank Density in Highlands
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues its proposal allows for development while protecting source of drinking water for some 6 million people
Tough New Limit Proposed for a Toxic Chemical in New Jersey's Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If adopted, the new standard for PFOA would make the state a national leader in regulation of the chemical
Explainer: The Mystery of New Jersey’s Statewide Water Supply Plan
Jon Hurdle | September 13, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Supposedly vital to state and local planning, the blueprint should be updated and published every five years but it’s twenty years since that happened
Lawmakers Push State DEP to Set Limits for Toxic Chemicals in Water Supply
Tom Johnson | September 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency would have six months to set limits for more than a dozen contaminants known to be in Garden State’s drinking water
Conservationists Fear Off-Roaders Will Damage NJ Pinelands
Jon Hurdle | September 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State DEP steps up enforcement after dumping plan to curtail access to remote areas
Critics of PennEast Get Chance to Speak Out — Behind a Black Curtain
Tom Johnson and Jon Hurdle | August 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Members of public only allowed to talk directly to FERC official and stenographer, ostensibly to ensure all comments are ‘heard’
Opinion: It’s Past Time for Comprehensive Approach to Protect Children from Lead
Daniel J. Van Abs | August 16, 2016 | Opinion
There is a sense that lead exposure is an issue that has been resolved. But while significant improvements have been made, they are not enough
New Reports on PFCs in Drinking Water Raise Pressure on Regulators
Jon Hurdle | August 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The Garden State’s water supplies have one the highest levels of PFC contamination in the United States
Is NJ’s Corrosive Groundwater Leaching Lead into Private Well Water?
Tom Johnson | August 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With corrosion, heavy metal from pipes and plumbing fixtures can contaminate water at the tap even though source is lead-free
Increasing Pressure on DEP to Heed Scientists, Regulate Toxic Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | August 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Sen. Lesniak wants DEP to speed up its processes to control hazardous chemicals in drinking water
DEP Agrees to New Water Regulations, Legislature Will Not Rescind Rules
Tom Johnson | July 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists deeply disappointed in deal, argue that administrative order used to effect change can be revised at any time
DEP Accused of Delaying Chemical Regulation a Year after Scientists Advised Limit
Jon Hurdle | July 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
PFNA, part of a class of chemicals linked to cancer, has been found in Paulsboro and eight other locations in NJ
‘Greens’ Urge Senate to Post Resolution Rolling Back DEP’s New Water Rules
Tom Johnson | July 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues revised regulation streamlines permitting process while protecting water quality and preventing flooding
Rains Ease Drought Worries for Now, but Officials Warn of Potential Water Shortage
Jon Hurdle | July 18, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Only region that has seen precipitation at or above normal levels is coastal south, including Cumberland and Cape May counties
Critics of Highlands Development Plan Step Up Attacks on DEP
Jon Hurdle | July 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would quadruple number of septic systems in forested areas of region, which serves as water supply for some 5 million people
Task Force to Get Its Hands Wet Assessing NJ’s Aging Water System
Tom Johnson | July 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Outdated infrastructure, water-quality issues to be addressed in six-month period given to recommending short- and long-term solutions
Drinking Water Panel Delays Recommending Safe Limit on Toxic Chemical
Jon Hurdle | July 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Just the latest in a series of delays on urgent matters of public health, environmental advocates say
Overriding Conditional Veto May Be Only Way to Free Up Open-Space Funds
Tom Johnson | June 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If the Legislature doesn’t act -- and act successfully -- there will once again be no money to preserve open space and historic structures
Legislature’s Revoking of DEP Water Rule One Vote Away From Reality
Tom Johnson | June 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If Senate passes resolution, state agency’s ‘flood-hazard rule’ will be rescinded using rarely invoked constitutional tool
Explainer: Pooling State and Federal Funds to Keep NJ’s Water Clean
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2016 | Explainer
The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust leverages available money to make low-interest loans to finance clean-water projects
Showdown in the Offing over Controversial DEP Water Rule
Tom Johnson | June 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Legislature close to invoking never-used mechanism that will let it permanently revoke regulation
Feds Move to Protect Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon in Delaware River
Tom Johnson | June 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Environmental groups have long argued that refineries and fish kills from power plants have taken their toll on once-plentiful species
At Packed Highlands Hearing, Suspicion and Skepticism Run Deep
Tom Johnson | June 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Is a new rule proposal to allow more septic tanks the gateway to development or another threat to state’s drinking water?
State Turns Attention to Two More Contaminants Found in NJ Drinking Water
Tom Johnson | May 31, 2016 | Energy & Environment
DEP wants Drinking Water Quality Institute to come up with recommended levels for PFOA and PFOS
Feds Urged to Suspend Review of PennEast Pipeline Proposal
Tom Johnson | May 27, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Garden State environmental organizations argue that PennEast has submitted flawed data about project’s impact on drinking water
Murky Bottom: Will Deeper Delaware River Make Philly More Competitive?
Katie Colaneri | WHYY | May 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
When multimillion dollar ‘Delaware Deepening’ project is wrapped up, that’s when the real hard work will start
Epic Effort to Deepen Delaware River Shipping Channel Nears End
Katie Colaneri | WHYY | May 24, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Opponents continue to warn adverse environmental impacts will only be seen long term, and likely exacerbated by rising sea level
Delaware River Ports Fight For Market as Dredging Project Nears Completion
Jon Hurdle and Katie Colaneri | May 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Dredging will almost certainly mean more commerce, but expert warns it also may mean saltier drinking water for New Jersey and Philadelphia
Feds Release Health Advisories for Toxins Often Found in NJ Water
Tom Johnson | May 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
EPA warnings, which are not enforceable, set new, lower levels for PFOA and PFOS in water supplies
Citing Flawed Data, ‘Green’ Group Files to Block Highlands’ Septic Tank Rule
Tom Johnson | May 19, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Complaint argues DEP proposal relies on well-testing data from developed areas, skewing results of impact analysis
DEP Moves to Adopt Revised Water Rule Despite Legislative Warning
Tom Johnson | May 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If state agency pushes ahead, lawmakers could rescind regulations as being contrary to existing laws
Landowners, ‘Green’ Group File Suit to Stop PennEast from Trespassing
Tom Johnson | May 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Company must have access to land to survey possible routes for pipeline proposal, meet federal permitting requirements
State’s 3,000 Public Schools to Begin Testing for Lead in Water
Tom Johnson | May 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Gov. Chris Christie’s directive puts start date for testing this coming September
Explainer: Safeguarding Water in Four States for 15 Million People
Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2016 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Under stewardship of Delaware River Basin Commission, the river and its tributaries have made a strong comeback -- as annual shad run shows
Opinion: Learning to Live with Our Addiction to Hazardous Sites by Water
Daniel J. Van Abs | May 3, 2016 | Opinion
We have enough information to do a far better job of planning for the inevitable disaster, but we focus on tactics rather than strategies
More Septic Systems for the Highlands Courtesy of New DEP Proposal?
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency claims new water-quality data allows for loosening of current rules; opponents argue data is flawed
Water Advocates Issue ‘Workplan’ to Help With Massive System Upgrade
Jon Hurdle | April 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Jersey Water Works checklist is meant to be accomplished within the next year, but group estimates full modernization will cost $40 billion over 20 years
What Will It Take to Repair New Jersey’s Ailing Water Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | April 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Lead is just the most publicized of several serious problems; meanwhile, costs for consumers continue to climb
Beach Access Still a Matter of Tough Questions Without Easy Answers
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Public access to state’s beaches and waterfronts must be guaranteed, without compromising security of sewage-treatment plants and other facilities
More than Scenic, Delaware Water Gap Serves as Defense Against Climate Change
Tom Johnson | April 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Green groups’ extend recreation area with addition of three tracts of ‘highly resilient’ land
Beyond Recognizing the Problem, Paying to Purify Drinking Water in NJ Schools
John Mooney | April 12, 2016 | Education, Energy & Environment
Parents, educators, teachers, and lawmakers start coming to terms with a situation that’s probably far more complex than anyone suspects
$10M Lead-Abatement Program to Come Out of Affordable Housing’s Pocket
Tom Johnson | April 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With dedicated tax on paint already set up to fund abatement efforts, legislators question the necessity of diversion
Christie Doubles Down on Lead Abatement, Adding Another $10M to Effort
Tom Johnson | April 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Governor denies accusations that he has not used dedicated funds from paint tax to increase lead-protection problems
State's Efforts to Curb Lead in School Drinking Water Get Off to Slow Start
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
No one disagrees that lead abatement is a necessary response, but there’s little agreement on how to pay for it
Greatest Danger Facing NJ’s Water Infrastructure: The Unknown
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It may be the ‘Information Age,’ but even costs for infrastructure upgrades -- estimated in the tens of billions -- are just a best guess
State at Beginning of Long Struggle to Purify Drinking Water in NJ Schools
John Mooney | April 4, 2016 | Education
DEP says it will be months to get a sense of size of problem, then hard work of remediation remains
Interactive Map: Kids in Every County in New Jersey At Risk for Lead Poisoning
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Only difference between richest and poorest counties is the number of children with blood-lead levels at or above the CDC danger threshold
Acrimonious Argument over Highlands Logging Plan Splits ‘Green’ Groups
Tom Johnson | April 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
NJ Audubon and state DEP favor clear-cutting a portion of Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area, but other environmentalists strenuously object
Democrats Demand Immediate Lead Testing for Water in All NJ Schools
John Mooney | March 29, 2016 | Education
Money to update water infrastructure -- estimated at $20 million -- would be siphoned from state Clean Energy Fund
More Voices Join Call for Statewide Testing of Drinking Water in Schools
John Mooney | March 23, 2016 | Education
Influential school boards association backs two bills introduced in state Senate
Will State Pay $20M to Get the Lead Out of Newark’s Water Infrastructure?
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money could be found by diverting dollars from the state’s Clean Energy Fund, a financing redirection used in the past
Explainer: Working Together to Preserve New Jersey’s Precious Water Supply
Jon Hurdle | March 22, 2016 | Explainer
Groups join forces for Delaware River Watershed Initiative covering area reaching from upstate NY to Delaware Bay
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
Newark’s Water Issues Raise Question: Should Other Districts Be Tested?
John Mooney | March 14, 2016 | Education
NJ Department of Environmental Protection takes lead on project and programs, will likely make the call on extended monitoring
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
Governor Defends Veto of Lead-Poisoning Bill, Calls Problem ‘Over-Dramatized’
Lilo H. Stainton | March 7, 2016 | Healthcare
Democratic lawmakers push ahead today on several measures to protect thousands of New Jersey kids already exposed to dangerous levels of lead
Newark Community Group Feuds with Sierra Club over Cleanup of Passaic River
Jon Hurdle | March 7, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Dispute centers on EPA plan to cap toxic waste with sand after riverbed is dredged
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
‘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
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
Opinion: Flint Is a Wake-Up Call for New Jersey and for the Nation
Chris Sturm | February 10, 2016 | Opinion
What does the public water-supply crisis in Michigan mean for New Jersey communities?
Tests on Fish Raise New Concerns About Estrogen Levels in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | February 9, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Contamination from wastewater-treatment plants and agricultural runoff cited as a concern
Opinion: Let Flint Strike Sparks to Address Water-Supply Problems in NJ
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 8, 2016 | Opinion
Flint is a failure of responsibility, ethics, and morality. Can the unacceptable happen to our water-supply systems?
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