New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in an expected, but nevertheless devastating and disappointing decision today caved to PSE&G graft and greed, profit and pressure with a needless max $300 million hand out.
Trenton, NJ: Empower NJ - No Fossil Fuel Projects, a coalition of more than 70 environmental, community and faith groups dedicated to seeking a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects as critical to fighting climate change, released the following guide in anticipation of the imminent release of the BPU’s proposed new Energy Master Plan (EMP).
"EPA will try ignore this, but it can’t. The public doesn’t support its dangerous scheme to fundamentally change the Clean Water Act. Despite limiting comment on the most aggressive attack on protections for clean water since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 to a paltry 60 days, Americans are unified in opposition to the Dirty Water Rule."
“In light of this decision, the Trump administration should immediately abandon efforts to weaken these vital safeguards at the behest of industry,” said Jennifer Peters, Water Programs Director at Clean Water Action. “Coal plants are the top polluters of toxic waste into our nation’s waters—including drinking water sources—and it’s long past time they stopped putting our health and environment in jeopardy in order to maximize their own profits.”
Washington, D.C. -- Today the Senate confirmed former oil and gas industry lobbyist, David Bernhardt, to be Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI). Bernhardt has faced numerous ethics challenges during his time at DOI, that is unlikely to change now that he is permanent secretary.
Clean Water Action President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass, released the following statement:
The Murphy Administration's State of the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) address today left more questions than answers according to Clean Water Action.
Trenton, NJ - Clean Water Action joined with over 70 organizations in calling for the resignation of NJ’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board. This demand is clearly in order based on state audit findings (January 2019) detailing long term corruption, lack of accountability and transparency of the Authority.
The Maryland General Assembly has passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, requiring that Maryland reach 50% renewable energy by 2030. While we support urgent, transformative action to fight the climate crisis, the bill increases the amount of money available to subsidize burning trash for energy. Since 2011, trash incineration has received the same “clean energy” credits as truly renewable sources like wind and solar. However, unlike wind and solar, trash incineration produces significant air pollution that impacts nearby communities and greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change.
Montclair, NJ - Parents, beer enthusiasts, and other neighbors came together yesterday at the Montclair Brewing Company to voice their opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ (the Corps) radical proposal to dramatically weaken Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands.
"The President dove deep into the swamp and came up with David Bernhardt, who is even more troubling than Ryan Zinke," said Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass.