Wednesday, September 20, 2017
New Jersey prescribed burns aim to reduce risk of wildfires

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service said it is conducting seasonal prescribed burns through the end of March, burning away undergrowth and diminishing hazardous buildup of forest fuels in an effort to cut down on wildfire risks.
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New Jersey mobile app to report environmental issues earns AVA Digital Gold Award

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals recently honored the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's app that allows residents to report non-emergency environmental issues from their smartphones or other mobile devices with an AVA Digital Gold Award.
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Plan to reduce summer flounder harvest triggers rally in New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin joined federal and state lawmakers, state recreational and commercial fishing industry leaders and anglers in a rally last month to oppose recreational harvest cuts to summer flounder, the department said in a news release.
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Menendez, Booker and Pascrell prepare to introduce legislation promoting private investment in infrastructure

U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) recently outlined the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2016, which would make it easier to update the country’s aging infrastructure.
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NJ coastal hazards planning project wins $900,000 NOAA grant

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded a Regional Coastal Resilience Grant of nearly $900,000 to a New Jersey planning project impacting 15 municipalities that will help them plan for coastal hazards and storm surge.
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Menendez, Pallone request Obama Administration protection for Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that he remove all Atlantic planning areas from the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
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NJ to receive $28 million for repairs to seawall damaged in Superstorm Sandy

The grant, which will go to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will provide 90 percent of the funding to complete the seawall project.
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Emerald Ash Borer beetle present in 14 N.J. towns, 6 counties

Monitoring by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) as well as homeowners has confirmed the beetles’ presence in Bergen County, Burlington County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Somerset County and Monmouth County.
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New Jersey reports spread of Emerald Ash Borer to 6 counties

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced Oct. 8 that the emerald ash borer (EAB) is now active in six counties, where the invasive beetle species is attacking and killing the state’s ash trees.
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Two Honeywell Solstice refrigerants receive new EPA approval

Honeywell’s Solstice series of refrigerants received a range of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approvals under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), according to a Tuesday announcement from Honeywell.
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Honeywell supports EPA proposed HFCs bans

Ban could eliminate between 54 and 64 million metric tones of carbon dioxide equivalent.
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Sandy-related repair project starts at Union Beach wastewater plant

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said a $28 million dollar project to repair Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) facilities at Union Beach that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy broke ground Monday.The facility, which services 83,000 people in eight municipalities, suffered flooding in several buildings and damage to underground system components that required immediate quick fixes.
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N.J. awards $20.8 million in grants for litter cleanup

Money also will go toward beautification in counties and municipalities statewide
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New Jersey receives EPA grant for ferry upgrades

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced today that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has won a federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace the engines on some of the state’s ferries.
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