Our waterways are what make New Jersey special.
They provide safe drinking water for our families, great recreation, and a critical resource to New Jersey's economy. But what if you knew that the streams feeding our most precious waterways and the wetlands surrounding them were at risk of pollution and destruction because of polluter loopholes?
Come out and support stronger protections for all of our waterways, and learn how the rule will impact our waterways and drinking water across the state and locally - and why your involvement is key.
Judge Hogan has ruled against the environmental groups' motion to intervene in the Exxon settlement case. We filed a motion to intervene for the purpose of appealing the Judge's decision in in the settlement. We want to show that this settlement is wrong and Exxon should be responsible for the environmental damages impacted. We also believe we have right to intervene under the Environmental Rights Act and Judge Hogan should not have denied us that right. We are going to appeal this settlement and the Judge's decision, as well as his denying our ability to intervene.
The environmental groups who filed a motion to intervene in the case released the following statements:
"We know that commonsense protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water will prevail"
Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati issued a temporary stay of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule, pending further consideration by the Court.
Clean Water Action President and CEO, Robert Wendelgass released this statement:
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever national pollution limits to control the amount of heavy metals, nutrients and other pollutants steam electric power plants can discharge into our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and bays. Existing Clean Water Act standards for power plants were last updated in 1982 and did not require these facilities to remove toxic metals and other pollutants of concern from wastewater discharges. These new pollution controls are necessary because power plant wastewater discharges have contaminated more than 23,000 miles of rivers and streams with dangerous pollutants and exposure to these pollutants threatens public health. These landmark limits will prevent 1.4 billion pounds of toxic pollutants from being discharged into U.S. water resources every year, including drinking water sources.
In response to EPA’s action, Clean Water Action Water Programs Director Jennifer Peters released the following statement:
LANSING – Today, state leaders announced that they intend to develop a State Carbon Implementation Plan (SCIP) to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants for the first time in history. The SCIP must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was introduced on August 3 or be subject to the federal implementation plan.