New Jersey League of Conservation Voters is making the environment a top priority in Trenton.

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New Jersey LCV Statement on Green Amendment Committee Vote

Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement today on the SCR134, aka the Green Amendment, passing Senate Energy and Environment Committee:

"New Jersey League of Conservation Voters is excited to see the Green Amendment move forward, and we look forward to a future where our clean drinking water and clean air is a constitutional right for all businesses and families in our state. New Jersey voters have proven time and time again that when they show up to vote, they vote for the environment. With New Jersey LCV's leadership on the important 2017 Natural Resource Damages constitutional amendment, which passed with overwhelming voter approval, we stand ready to make clean water, air, and lands a constitutional right. The Green Amendment will be another win for environmental voters."

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NEW JERSEY ON THE CUSP OF MASSIVE EXPANSION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND CLEANER AIR

“New Jersey’s largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is transportation,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “The air pollution problems it creates overburdens urban and environmental justice communities, causing more public health problems. Electric vehicles offer a better way to reduce toxic emissions as we work towards a clean energy future. This bill will help encourage public acceptance of these vehicles by reducing range anxiety and creating accessible public charging infrastructure.”

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Plastic bags are piling up. This plan will force us to change our behavior

Every day, it seems like another company is announcing that it's taking up the fight on plastic pollution.

Just the other day, the world's largest seafood restaurant company, Red Lobster, announced it will phase out plastic straws. The restaurant chain joins a long list of institutions -- Starbucks, American Airlines, even the city of Seattle -- that are addressing our pervasive single-use plastic problem.

The reality is apparent: single-use plastics are an environmental nightmare, and it's time for New Jersey to lead America in eliminating single-use plastics.

New Jersey residents alone use 4.4 billion plastic bags annually, the effects of which are not hard to see. Plastic bags caught in trees, rolling down highways, doomed to persist in our waterways and green spaces for centuries.

Currently, in New Jersey, local municipalities are leading the way in curbing plastic pollution -- Longport, Ventnor, Hoboken, Jersey City, and several others have passed ordinances reducing plastic in some way, either through fees or outright bans.

Now, it's time for the state to act.

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New Jersey League Of Conservation Voters Statement On Fair Lawn Superfund Site Remediation

Congressman Gottheimer and environmental advocates stand behind the podium at the superfund site.

"The Fair Lawn Well Field site, full of volatile organic compounds, is within 300 feet of several family homes and borders the Passaic River, which is considered one of the most polluted stretches of water in the nation. Protecting our drinking water and the health of our families should be a top priority of every elected official, and today Congressman Josh Gottheimer, through his leadership, exemplified just that. New Jersey has a long and troubling legacy of industrial pollution, and in order to protect the health of our communities, we must ensure that polluters are held accountable. In the face of a growing anti-environmental movement at the federal level, we commend the EPA and Congressman Gottheimer for fighting for the public health and safety of New Jersey’s families."

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New Jersey LCV Statement on Governor Murphy's Stronger and Fairer NJ Economic Plan

"Since Governor Murphy first announced his vision of achieving 100% clean energy by 2050 at New Jersey LCV’s endorsement event, his administration has been working tirelessly to achieve it. The Governor’s announcement today of his Stronger and Fairer NJ Economic Plan makes it clear we no longer have to choose between the environment and the economy. New Jersey LCV looks forward to working with the administration and the legislature to create good, local jobs in the solar and wind economy and make New Jersey the greenest state in America."

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NEW JERSEY LCV, ED POTOSNAK STATEMENT ON S2776 PROHIBITING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC AND POLYSTYRENE

TRENTON, NJ- Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement regarding S2776, concerning single-use carryout bags, polystyrene foam food service products, and single-use plastic straws:

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NEW JERSEY LCV STATEMENT ON NJBPU'S DECISION TO OPEN LARGEST OFFSHORE WIND SOLICITATION IN THE COUNTRY

TRENTON, NJ- Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement today on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ unanimous approval to open an application window for 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity:

“Thanks to the BPU vote today, New Jersey is one giant step closer to becoming the greenest state in America. Offshore wind is a renewable energy that reduces pollution and creates good local jobs. There is no time to waste in order to achieve the Governor’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050, and the BPU is working hard to ensure New Jersey is fully taking advantage of its offshore wind potential.”

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Testimony on Energy Master Plan, Reducing Energy Consumption

TYPE: Regulation/Rulemaking

NUMBER: N/A

DESCRIPTION: Recommendations for Reducing Energy Consumption for the Energy Master Plan

POSITION: N/A

TO: Board of Public Utilities

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Testimony on AR138, Designating Rancocas Creek as National Water Trail

TYPE: Legislation

NUMBER: SCR121

DESCRIPTION: Urges US Secretary of Interior to designate Rancocas Creek as National Water Trail

POSITION: Support

TO: Senate Energy & Environment Committee

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Testimony on A4417, Limiting greenhouse gas emissions under Global Warming Response Act

TYPE: Legislation

NUMBER: A4417

DESCRIPTION: Revises 2050 limit on statewide greenhouse gas emissions

POSITION: Support

TO: Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

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