Trenton, NJ - A broad coalition of environmental, community, labor and faith-based groups from around the state are calling on members of the New Jersey Legislature to put in place protections against toxic fracking waste. The Legislature passed the bill in June, but Gov. Christie announced his veto of the bill on Friday. The legislation bans the disposal, treatment, and discharge of waste created through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas, and can still be put in place if the Legislature overrides the Governor's veto. At the campaign launch, the coalition unveiled the new symbol for the campaign, a dump truck meeting STOP signs.
The bill prohibits the discharge, disposal, processing, storage, or application to a roadway in the State of waste from the process of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", for natural gas.
This week the DEP formally proposed rules that would pull New Jersey
from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initative (RGGI). RGGI is compact
among northeast states that reduces carbon pollution while generating
funding for clean energy and energy efficiency programs. The Governor
stopped our participation in the program in 2011, but in March an
Appellate Court ruled he could not exit the program without altering the
Now the DEP has just released the rule proposal that would officially remove us from RGGI and we need your help to block it! Email the DEP NOW & attend the public hearing on August 8, 2014, in Trenton.
fields free of toxic chemicals
Thanks to the support of Clean Water Action New Jersey members, we had over 50 legislators sign on to co-sponsor the Safe Playing Fields Act (S541/A2143) this year.
Unfortunately, despite these co-sponsors and the support of parents throughout the state, the vote on this bill continues to be delayed. We need to send NJ legislators the message that ignoring children's health is unacceptable. Urge your legislators to pass the bill now.