August 9, 2016 |
A $500 million project that New Jersey environmental officials say would radically reduce the air pollution spewing from a South Jersey power plant has drawn only angry boos from environmental groups. The Department of Environmental Protection's recent issuance of a permit allowing the B.L. England electric generation plant in Cape May County to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired is "a sellout for clean air," the Sierra Club said last week. "Another nail in the coffin for the Christie administration's denial of carbon pollution," said Doug O'Malley, the director of Environment New Jersey, who called the plant a "fossil fuel dinosaur.
January 30, 2016 |
The Sierra Club of New Jersey and Environment New Jersey announced Thursday they had filed suit against the state Board of Public Utilities and the Pinelands Commission for authorizing construction of a natural gas pipeline through protected Pinelands forest. The two groups are asking the Appellate Division to overturn those approvals on grounds that the pipeline is not a permitted use in parts of the Pinelands where it would run. In August the commission's director, Nancy Wittenberg, determined that a proposal by South Jersey Gas to build the pipeline was consistent with the preserve's Comprehensive Management Plan, even though the commission's board had rejected the project in 2014.
October 24, 2014 |
Greg Cuprak was able to salvage a few chunks of coal. The facilities manager at West Chester University put them in a small box - for posterity - and took them to a celebratory event on campus Wednesday. The university was formally decommissioning its coal-fired boiler plant, which for more than 50 years provided steam heat for the campus. It was replaced by a more-efficient geothermal system. The old anthracite plant hasn't been used since May, Cuprak said. But officials wanted to make sure the new system was working perfectly before they made the formal switch.
October 15, 2014 |
The regional power-grid operator has called out the Sierra Club of New Jersey after the environmental group last week said a controversial power-plant conversion would overload the transmission system. The chief planning official for PJM Interconnection Inc., the grid operator, said in a letter to New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel that continued operations of the B.L. England power station in Cape May County would not create reliability problems, but that the plant's shutdown would.
January 11, 2014 |
Just over a year ago, Bridget Anne Kelly was thanking her boss, Gov. Christie, and fellow staffers via Twitter for making her 40th birthday "great. " On Thursday, the account had been deleted, and the nation watched Christie call her a liar, dub her behavior "stupid," and announce on national television that he had fired her. Kelly, the woman behind some of the e-mails in a plot to gridlock the George Washington Bridge, was described Thursday by some as a cheery, intelligent mother of four - but with a "vindictive" side.
November 26, 2013
Adoptee birthrights As Pennsylvania seeks to find loving families for the 2,500 children in foster care, thousands of Pennsylvania-born adopted adults also seek something as the nation commemorates adoptions this month - that is, access to their original birth certificates ("Growing new family ties," Nov. 23). Since 1984, adopted adults have been denied the right to their own identifying information. But legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R., Centre) would correct this injustice.
October 2, 2013 |
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign Monday aimed at pressuring Gov. Christie into making building offshore wind farms a priority. The ad blitz - including messages on billboards on major highways and in some of the state's largest newspapers - came as a new poll showed broad support among New Jerseyans for public investment in renewable energy sources, including offshore wind farms. "I join the majority of New Jerseyans calling on Gov. Christie to make our state a leader in clean, renewable offshore wind power," Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday.
July 28, 2013 |
The New Jersey Senate will return Monday for a last-minute vote on a ballot question to pay for open-space preservation with sales-tax revenue, although it's not clear whether the measure will pass the Legislature in time to go before voters in November. The bill would amend the state constitution to dedicate $200 million of existing sales-tax revenue each year for 30 years for open-space preservation. The amendment will "create a constant stream of funding" for preservation efforts, said Sen. Bob Smith (D., Middlesex)
July 16, 2013 |
New Jersey has stepped up inspections for potential violations of environmental laws, but the number of enforcement actions has fallen more than half since 2008, according to records of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In the state's fiscal 2012, there were 13,555 enforcement actions taken by the agency, a steep drop-off from the 29,570 violations cited by the agency four years earlier. Is New Jersey's environment getting better? It depends on whom you talk to. "The Christie administration has created a polluter's holiday," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
February 15, 2013
A Philadelphia woman was arrested, along with nearly 50 other activists, during a protest Wednesday outside the White House. They were demanding that President Obama deny the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from the Tar Sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and that he address climate change. Some had chained themselves to the fence, and they refused to move when National Park Service police asked them to. Eileen Flanagan, 50, of East Falls, said she joined the action because composting banana peels and taking shorter showers was not enough to blunt the effects of climate change.