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Bill Aimed At Identifying Lead Threat In Water Lines

Lead that gets into drinking water from old water pipes can cause serious health problems.

New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would help assess the extent of that hazard.

A bill advanced by an Assembly committee would require public water systems to submit a list of lead service lines in their distribution system to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Chris Sturm with New Jersey Future says that’s an important step.

“It would set New Jersey communities on the path to understanding where those lead service lines are, cost estimates for how to replace them. It would also empower homeowners to know what they’re dealing with.”

Henry Gajda with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters also supports the measure.

 

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Testimony on SCR121, Condemning EPA decision to withdraw from once-in-always-in policy

TYPE: Legislation

NUMBER: SCR121

DESCRIPTION: Condemns EPA decision to withdraw from "once-in-always-in" policy under Clean Air Act.

POSITION: Support

TO: Senate Energy & Environment Committee

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Testimony on S2476, Limiting DEP's oversight

TYPE: Legislation

NUMBER: S2476

DESCRIPTION: Amends law to limit DEP's direct oversight of remediation of portion of contaminated site under certain circumstances.

POSITION: Opposed

TO: Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee

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Testimony on S2255, Tax Credits for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

TYPE: Legislation

NUMBER: S2255

DESCRIPTION: Provides corporation business tax credit and gross income tax credits for purchase and installation of certain electric vehicle charging stations.

POSITION: In favor

TO: Senate Energy & Environment Committee
 

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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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LCV HONORS ADRIAN GRENIER, HANSJORG WYSS, NEW JERSEY LCV AT ANNUAL DINNER

Ed Potosnak wins the John Hunting Award

Washington, D.C. — At its annual dinner in the nation’s capital Wednesday night, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) presented awards to actor and activist Adrian Grenier, conservationist and philanthropist Hansjorg Wyss, and the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.

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Groups celebrate conditional veto of hazardous waste processer bill

A hazardous waste processor will not be able to quickly reopen in Salem County after Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed a bill that would have exempted it from new permit requirements.

“The improvements the Governor made to the bill in his conditional veto will safeguard our clean drinking water, the Delaware River, and the fishing industries that rely on its health,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.

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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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10 of New Jersey's toughest environmental risks

As the most densely populated state in the U.S., with one of the oldest industrial bases and highest number of severely polluted Superfund sites, New Jersey may be expected to face severe environmental problems.

And we do. But a coalition of environmental groups led by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has prepared a plan to tackle some of the biggest environmental threats.

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PLAN ADVANCES TO BAN FOAM CUPS AND PLATES IN NJ SCHOOL CAFETERIAS

Polystyrene

A bill directing public schools and colleges in New Jersey to stop selling food and beverages in polystyrene packaging has taken a first step in the Legislature. 

Henry Gajda, a public policy association for the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, said the plastic takes 500 years to biodegrade and accumulates in the food chain and waterways. He said 25 billion polystyrene cups are used a year in the United States, accounting for 20 percent to 30 percent of landfill composition.

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