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LCV Action Fund Endorses Mikie Sherrill for Congress

Washington, D.C. - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will support sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th District.

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“Jay Webber has a record in the state assembly of voting with polluter interests and against the health of New Jersey families,” said New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Ed Potosnak. “Mikie Sherrill will stand up for clean air, clean water, and access to public lands for all New Jerseyans and we look forward to working with her in Congress.”

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LCV ACTION FUND ENDORSES ANDY KIM FOR CONGRESS

Washington, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will support sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Andy Kim for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd District.

“LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Andy Kim because he has dedicated his career to service to our country,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “He knows that a healthy environment is critical for safe and healthy families and is committed to enacting policies to address climate change and protect clean air and water for all.”

“Andy Kim will be a critical ally in Congress as New Jersey leads the nation in building our clean energy economy,” said New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Ed Potosnak. “He will advocate for smart solutions to protect the Jersey shore from rising seas and fight back against threats to bring offshore drilling to our coast.”

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NEW JERSEY LCV STATEMENT ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AND NEW JERSEY DEP’S MAJOR CIVIL ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

NEWARK, NJEd Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement today on the Attorney General’s Office and Department of Environmental Protection’s announcement of major civil enforcement actions, including Natural Resource Damage lawsuits:

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New Jersey LCV applauds appointment of Lisa J. Plevin as Executive Director of the Highlands Council

CHESTER, NJ—Lisa J. Plevin, former Chief of Staff for Region 2 of the US Environmental Protection Agency, will become Executive Director of the Highlands Council.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone with Lisa’s legacy of environmental leadership to lead the Highlands Council,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “She has a long history of fighting against polluters and preserving New Jersey’s natural resources, and I have no doubt she will continue that fight in her new role."

In 2004, the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act was passed to protect the Highlands from the piecemeal development patterns that were consuming 5 square miles of Highlands forests and wetlands each year. The Highlands Council’s primary goal is to protect the Highlands, a physiographic region that provides water for more than 6.2 million people, more than 70% of New Jersey’s population.

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New Jersey LCV, Environmental Groups applaud passage of the Flood Reduction Act

New Jersey LCV and several state conservation groups praised the State Senate for the passage of S1073, also known as the Flood Reduction Act.

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NEW JERSEY LCV STATEMENT ON TRANSCO PULLING ITS APPLICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS FOR NESE

Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement today on Williams Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project permit withdrawal.

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NEW JERSEY LCV, ED POTOSNAK STATEMENT ON THE SWEARING IN OF ACTING COMMISSIONER CATHERINE MCCABE

Governor Phil Murphy, Ed Potosnak, and Commissioner Catherine McCabe.

TRENTON, NJ—Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement on the swearing in of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe:

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NEW JERSEY LCV, ED POTOSNAK STATEMENT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF ACTING COMMISSIONER CATHERINE MCCABE

TRENTON, NJ—Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary’s bipartisan approval of Catherine McCabe for the position of Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed by full vote during today's Senate legislative session:

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NEW JERSEY LCV APPLAUDS GOVERNOR MURPHY’S CONDITIONAL VETO OF HAZARDOUS WASTE BILL

TRENTON, NJ- New Jersey League of Conservation Voters would like to thank Governor Murphy for his conditional veto of A3116/S879, which would amend the definition of “existing major hazardous waste facility” in “Major Hazardous Waste Facilities Siting Act.”

The legislation would create a loophole that allows the DuPont/Chambers Works plant to accept an expanded collection of hazardous wastes, which includes fracking waste from Pennsylvania.  If the bill had been signed in the current form, the company would have been able to avert the important environmental regulatory reviews to protect clean drinking water. The and allow the plant to renew commercial operations, which is unprecedented considering its toxic past.

The Governor sent the bill back to the Senate, asking simply to apply current public health and environmental protection to the wastewater treatment facilities.

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GOVERNOR MURPHY ADVANCES NEW JERSEY TOWARDS 100% CLEAN ENERGY BY 2050: New Jersey on track to be greenest state in America

Alex Ambrose, Ed Potosnak, and Henry Gajda pose with Governor Murphy

TRENTON—Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed a landmark clean energy bill, requiring New Jersey to achieve the highest standard for renewable energy in the country—over 50% of the state’s portfolio must come from clean, renewable energy such as solar and wind by 2050, a fourfold increase over the achievements made since 2001. Additionally, the Governor also signed an executive order directing the BPU to update the Energy Supply Master Plan to move New Jersey to 100% clean energy by 2050.

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