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DEP Suspends Review of Meadowlands Power Plant’s Application

Julie Daurio | NJTV News | June 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment

Developer of North Bergen Liberty Generating station goes back to drawing board, considers changing the plant’s technology

Flesh-eating bacterium is on the rise in Delaware Bay, doctors warn

Jon Hurdle | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Cooper University Health Care has treated five patients over the last two summers who were infected, a sharp increase over previous years; one of the patients died
Counting the Costs of Pipeline Projects for Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | June 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Analysis finds PennEast and Mariner East 2 pipelines will significantly increase pollution, degrade natural habitat and rack up big social costs
Legislators Move to Fine-Tune Law for Cleanup of Contaminated Sites
Tom Johnson | June 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Business interests mostly in favor of proposed changes, while some environmentalists have concerns
DRBC Confirms Plan to Build LNG Export Terminal at New South Jersey Port
Jon Hurdle | June 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Agency says it only ‘recently’ learned of plan to load potentially explosive liquids onto tankers in Gloucester County
PFAS Control Advocates Highlight FDA Data Showing Chemicals in Food
Jon Hurdle | June 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal findings may curb people’s appetite for chocolate cake, given it’s one of the foods that tested positive for PFAS
DEP Denies Permits for Natural Gas Pipeline Under Raritan Bay
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Dredging of contaminated sediments and construction of compressor station near habitat for barred owl cited; company is expected to resubmit application
Critics Up in Arms as DEP Permits Sewage Treatment Plant in Highlands
Tom Johnson | June 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Decision by Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for a controversial development in Tewksbury may end up in the courts
Plans for LNG Terminal in South Jersey Kept Under Wraps, Enviro Group Says
Jon Hurdle | June 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Developer and agencies deny effort to shield from public view plans that would allow for transfer of potentially explosive liquefied natural gas to ocean-going tankers
Murphy Moves to Stock Pinelands Commission with Proven Conservationists
Tom Johnson | May 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Governor’s four nominations will put commission back on firm environmental footing, after eight years of Christie’s pro-natural-gas policies
Questions Abound over Key Study of NJ’s Potential to Cut Energy Use
Tom Johnson | May 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Utilities among those querying underpinnings of a study that could help to determine state’s energy efficiency policies
Three Governors Pledge to Cooperate on Delaware River Basin Environment
Jon Hurdle | May 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The governors call for more federal support. Gov. Phil Murphy says one way to prepare for climate change is to elect a new president
New Jersey DEP Says It’s Working with Chemical Companies to Curb PFAS
Jon Hurdle | May 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After scathing letter from companies, officials say they hope for voluntary resolution to contamination
Another Push for NJ Ban on Plastic Bags and, Maybe, Paper Bags Too
Tom Johnson | May 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
With many New Jersey municipalities already having passed ordinances to reduce the use of plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam containers, move is on for a statewide policy
NJ Home to 35 Sites Where Two PFAS Chemicals Top New State Limits
Jon Hurdle | May 7, 2019 | Energy & Environment
National advocate compiles data from utilities, military, and academia to show contamination
NJ Joins Other States to Block Trump Attack on Clean Water Act
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Administration wants to roll back protection of tributaries, wetlands, and the like that shield downstream waters against pollution
Trump EO Would Stop States from Using Water Quality to Block Pipelines
Tom Johnson | April 12, 2019 | Energy & Environment
President looks to prevent states from using Clean Water Act to reject energy projects that could pollute ground water, streams, lakes, and similar resources
Op-Ed: We Must Defend Our Rivers and Streams from the EPA
Sandra Meola | April 11, 2019 | Opinion
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing rule changes that would significantly weaken protections for our waterways
Cheers — and Some Caution — for Reclassification of NJ’s Rivers and Streams
Tom Johnson | April 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists extol plan to upgrade hundreds of miles of waterways with new protections. Business interests question the decision
Clean Water Projects: DEP Agrees Additional State Funding Needed
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The necessity for water infrastructure improvements in New Jersey is expected to outpace available financing
State DEP: Getting Lead Out of NJ Water Pipes Could Cost $2.3 billion
Tom Johnson | April 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some 350,000 supply lines bringing drinking water to New Jersey residents are thought to have lead components
DEP Permit Would Let Treated Sewage Be Dumped into Rockaway Creek
Tom Johnson | April 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Highlands Council, joined by others, argues scheme incompatible with regional master plan
Murphy Undoes A Pair of Executive Orders Issued by Christie
Tom Johnson | April 3, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Democrat offers new framework of principles governing economic growth and protecting the health, welfare and environment of residents
Chemours Quantifies Toxic PFAS Substitute Sent to South Jersey Plant
Jon Hurdle | March 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Revelation raises fresh concerns over possible contamination of local drinking water as scientists say GenX may be just as hazardous as the chemical it’s designed to replace
State Sues DuPont and Chemours over Decades of Pollution
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | March 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Attorney General files lawsuits ‘to hold polluters accountable’ for alleged contamination
DEP Says Five Companies Must Pay for PFAS Contamination in NJ
Jon Hurdle | March 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
First-in-nation directive underlines New Jersey’s leadership on curbing toxic chemicals; requires details of manufacture, use and discharge of the chemicals
Suez Speeds Replacement of Lead Service Lines, Aims for 25% by End of Year
Tom Johnson | March 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Water company had come under pressure from towns in northern New Jersey to accelerate the program
Communities Get the OK to Assess Fees to Fund Stormwater Utilities
Tom Johnson | March 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of new charges dismiss them as ‘rain tax,’ but advocates argue utilities will finally make it possible to address runoff, state’s biggest source of water pollution
Newark Begins $75M Program to Replace Lead Water Pipes
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | March 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Mayor says it could take eight years to change 15,000 service lines. City has received four violations for elevated levels of lead since 2017
FEMA Knocks State Plan to Lessen Stormwater Runoff Problems
Tom Johnson | March 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal disaster management agency questions whether proposed improvements go far enough in reducing urban flooding
Op-Ed: State Must Play Critical Role in Pollinator Protection
Kelly Mooij | March 11, 2019 | Opinion
Nearly one third of the food we eat requires pollination. New Jersey must act now to protect pollinators from the threat of chemicals, specifically neonicotinoids
AG Takes Aim at ExxonMobil Over Polluted Site in Gloucester County
Tom Johnson | March 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
New lawsuit stands in contrast to Christie administration settlement with oil giant over former refineries in Linden and Bayonne
Upgraded Classification for 750 Miles of NJ’s Rivers and Streams
Tom Johnson | March 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Deemed most ecologically sensitive, Category One waterways are protected against any degradation in water quality
BL England Decision May Doom Pipeline but Natural-Gas Projects Still On
Tom Johnson | March 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Opponents cheer abandonment of plan to convert South Jersey coal units to natural gas. Companies forge ahead with plans for big investments in natural gas
Plan to Convert BL England Plant to Natural Gas Is Dead on Arrival
Tom Johnson | February 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
After nearly a decade of bitter fighting, RC Cape May Holdings raises white flag over proposal to build natural-gas pipeline in Pinelands
NJ Spotlight Roundtable: Achieving Lead-Free School Water in New Jersey
NJ Spotlight | February 28, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
Schools across New Jersey have tested positive for lead in their drinking water. What can be done to remedy the problem?
Building NJ Barrier Against Trump Team’s Rollback of Environmental Rules
Tom Johnson | February 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Legislation proposed by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin would keep federal regulations from the pre-Trump era in force in the Garden State
Chemours Shipped PFAS Substitute Chemical to South Jersey Site, EPA Says
Jon Hurdle | February 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Critics say GenX may worsen water contamination near Chambers Works site in Salem County
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
NJ Slams EPA’s ‘Disappointing’ Plan to Curb Toxic PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | February 15, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection attacks long-awaited plan, says it doesn’t address need for immediate measures to stop exposure
‘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
EPA to Unveil Long-Awaited ‘Action Plan’ on Curbing Toxic PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | February 14, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Concern that agency won’t immediately set enforceable health standards
DEP Says EPA Didn’t Consider Many Health Risks When Approving PFAS Replacements
Jon Hurdle | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
GenX and PFBS, may be as toxic as the chemicals they are replacing. Scientists say GenX has been found in Gloucester County wells and in the Delaware River
Environmentalists Raise Questions about Salting of NJ Roads
NJTV News Online | February 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Too much salt can be dangerous to humans and the environment alike. Is brining a better solution?
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
South Jersey Landfill Cancels PFAS Contract Amid Rising Public Concern
Jon Hurdle | January 31, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Thousands of tons of contaminated soil from Pennsylvania military base no longer destined to be dumped in Cumberland County
Op-Ed: New Utilities Would Help NJ Fight Flooding and Pollution
John A. Thonet and Stephen J. Souza | January 31, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey needs stormwater utilities to provide a sustained source of local funding to improve and maintain stormwater infrastructure
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
NJ Landfill Agrees to Accept PFAS-Contaminated Soil from Pennsylvania Military Base
Jon Hurdle | January 28, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Some New Jersey environmental groups want the planned dumping of material from former Willow Grove naval station to be halted
‘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
The Delaware River: A Timeline of Revival
WHYY | January 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
It took decades, but a combination of public outcry, political will and the Clean Water Act eventually spurred the river’s revival
The Invisible Threats to the Delaware River
WHYY | January 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The Clean Water Act helped to transform the river, but it’s still vulnerable to a range of pollutants
How the Clean Water Act Fixed the Delaware River’s Pollution Problem
WHYY | January 23, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Oxygen levels in the river began to increase after cities like Philadelphia began treating wastewater
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
When the Delaware River Was Dying
WHYY | January 22, 2019 | Energy & Environment
About 1 million pounds of waste was going into the river every day in the ‘60s and the river was dying
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
Where Are NJ’s New Chemical Rules? Enviros Accuse DEP of More Foot-Dragging on PFAS
Jon Hurdle | January 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
The DEP denies tomorrow’s stakeholder meeting will mean further delay in setting health limits on two toxic chemicals
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’
Green Groups: Proposed Overhaul Of Stormwater Rules Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Tom Johnson | January 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Only 5 percent of NJ waterways meet federal clean water standards, largely due to runoff from developed areas
Microplastic Pollution in Raritan River to Become Major Problem?
Tom Johnson | January 8, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Newly released study documents presence of nearly invisible plastic particles along stretch of river, particularly downstream of wastewater treatment plants
PennEast Now Faces Tough Scrutiny from DEP after Winning Court Battle
Jon Hurdle | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Federal judge grants eminent domain in New Jersey, but pipeline company must still meet many environmental standards
Op-Ed: NJ Needs Stormwater Utilities to Deal with Extreme Weather, Flooding
Ed Potosnak | December 17, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey, the most densely developed state in the country, is extremely vulnerable to the growing threat of severe weather and intense rainstorms
Newark Sued over Handling of Lead-Contaminated Water
NJTV News Online | December 17, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Natural Resources Defense Council asks federal judge to force the city to immediately give water filters to East Ward residents
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Housing Development in Sensitive Area of Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists ‘extremely disappointed,’ want Murphy administration to try to acquire the land before it can be developed
Rain Gardens in NJ: Small Projects Help Alleviate Stormwater Problems
Jon Hurdle | December 14, 2018 | Energy & Environment
It will take billions to bring New Jersey’s water infrastructure up to standard. In the meantime, clean-water activists are helping communities make small changes to mitigate stormwater damage
Scramble for Funds as More Money Allotted to Preserve Open Space, Farmland in NJ
Tom Johnson | December 13, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Interest groups are jockeying over how $155 million will be divided, with some concerned the Blue Acres program, which buys up flood-prone properties, might lose out
New Jersey’s Drinking Water: NJ Spotlight Roundtable
NJ Spotlight | December 13, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables
New Jersey has led efforts to keep PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals, out of our drinking water. Experts at an NJ Spotlight Roundtable discussed the emergence of substitutes that may be just as hazardous to human health
Warnings that Trump Change to Clean Water Act Would Be Bad for NJ Rivers
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Proposal would revise Obama rule that extended protections to small streams, wetlands and intermittent waterways
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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