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Will Trump’s Clean-Water Rollback Imperil NJ’s Small Streams, Wetlands?

Tom Johnson | September 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment

Experts are divided, but one possible outcome could make New Jersey more vulnerable to water pollution from other states

Another Rebuff for PennEast: Court Halts Bid to Seize State Lands

Tom Johnson | September 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Federal appeals court reverses lower court’s decision that allowed company to exercise eminent domain over properties along pipeline route
Slow Progress on NJ’s water quality management law Frustrates Legislators
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | September 11, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Compliance with two-year-old law has been uneven; advocates say enforcement is necessary
State Agency Voices More Concerns Over PennEast Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | September 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection asks PennEast to rectify omissions in its applications for a series of wetlands and flood hazard permits
Newark pushes mandatory replacement of lead water service lines
Michael Hill | NJTV News | September 6, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Move comes amid city effort to go door to door to get permission for work crews to access properties
Governor Names Enviros to Highlands Council; When Will Lawmakers Approve?
Tom Johnson | September 4, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy moves to reshape makeup of vital planning body but must wait for Senate to sign off
On Streets Of Newark, Worry About Lead In Tap Water
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 14, 2019 | Healthcare
In wake of some elevated lead readings in homes with filtered water, officials are planning a much broader survey
Newark Addresses Elevated Levels of Lead in Drinking Water
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 13, 2019 | Energy & Environment
At EPA’s urging, city gives out bottled water to residents after tests at three homes turned up high lead levels in two of them
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
Algal Blooms Fed By Chemical Runoff And Climate Change, Study Says
Jon Hurdle | August 9, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Data compilation shows rising levels of unhealthy toxins in lakes and rivers around the country
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
Off-Road drivers still battling conservationists over access to Pinelands
Jon Hurdle | August 5, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Three years after state dropped plan to close some trails, long-running fight remains unresolved
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’
Algal Blooms Are a Growing Problem in New Jersey Lakes
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Businesses and residents calling for state Department of Environmental Protection to take swifter action in treating and preventing high levels of cyanobacteria
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
Carneys Point, Seeking Dupont Cleanup, No longer a Meek Company Town
Jon Hurdle | July 29, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Advocates claim links between illness and chemical contamination as companies feud over who would pay to clean soil and water
Delaware Basin Report Mostly Upbeat But Warns On Climate Change
Jon Hurdle | July 26, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Commission says water quality is improving but rising seas pose new challenges for the river and its watershed
Harmful Algae Bloom Affects Another NJ Lake
Julie Daurio | NJTV News | July 19, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Report of cyanobacteria levels 10 times greater than state’s health standard at Greenwood Lake; residents advised to take precautions
LNG export terminal would take 360 trucks a day, 24/7, Army Corps says
Jon Hurdle | July 17, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Agency releases new details about planned Gloucester County facility after ‘conversations’ with developer
Agency Mulls Review of LNG Terminal Application for Delaware River Basin
Jon Hurdle | July 16, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Environmental group accuses regulator of abandoning responsibility to protect water resources
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
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
DRBC in Funding Shortfall from Three States and Federal Government
Jon Hurdle | July 1, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Interstate water regulator says it isn’t getting the necessary funds to plan for climate change
Impacts of PFAS Chemicals on Human Immune System Highlighted
Jon Hurdle | June 27, 2019 | Energy & Environment
But New Jersey panel won’t revisit its recommendations for strict limits on two of the chemicals; PFAS are widespread in the state
Newest Nomination to Pinelands Commission Joins Four Others Waiting
Tom Johnson | June 25, 2019 | Energy & Environment
Murphy wants to remake commission, ending Christie-era focus on building pipelines through the preserve, but state Senate letting confirmation hearings languish
Delaware River Sojourn Promotes Conservation, Nurtures Sense of Family
Jon Hurdle | June 24, 2019 | Energy & Environment
A flotilla of kayaks and canoes completes its 25th annual journey as scientists seek more gains in water quality
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
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