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Take Action: Stand Up for First Responders and Public Safety

Urge Your Representatives to Stand Up for First Responders and Public Safety Vote NO on House Joint Resolution 59 and Senate Joint Resolution 28 After the West Texas Fertilizer Explosion in 2013 that killed 15 people, including first responders, the Obama Administration focused on chemical policies. President Obama signed Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Studies on Chemicals Still Necessary: TSCA Update

As of January 26, 2017, we believe the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still exercising their new authority under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the outdated (and ineffective) Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). On Nov. 29, 2016, the EPA named the first ten priority chemicals [...]

By | January 27th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Diverse Partners Launch Jersey Renews

New Statewide Coalition Calls for Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Jobs, Improved Air Quality; Targets Current & Future State Leaders   Trenton – A diverse array of over 30 New Jersey labor, faith, community and environmental organizations today announced the launch of a new coalition, Jersey Renews, to press current and future state leaders to [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Highlights, Press Releases|0 Comments

New coalition aims to fight climate change in New Jersey under Trump

A new coalition of more than 30 environmental, labor, and community organizations is urging New Jersey lawmakers to do more about the threat of climate change and reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Dan Fatton, executive director of the Work Environment Council, said the coalition, called Jersey Renews, is a ray of hope in the [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Welcome to WEC’s newest intern, Vivian Chang

WEC is excited to have Vivian Chang join us as an intern for this semester, beginning today!       Vivian is a second-year Master in Public Affairs (MPA) candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, concentrating in environmental policy. Vivian previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA addressing public education and volunteerism. She [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Exposure to Airborne Silica: OSHA penalty for repeat offender in NJ

On Jan. 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations. Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office stated: “Our follow-up inspection found that two County Concrete employees were exposed to silica above the permissible limit as they cleaned concrete mixers." In 2013, OSHA [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

HSN Coalition Meeting March 7

Join the Healthy Schools Now coalition for our quarterly meeting on March 7, 2016 at 10 AM in Trenton, NJ. We look forward to continued discussion about how we can work together to ensure a healthy and safe school environment for all of New Jersey's public schools students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Agenda [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Let’s Build A Movement

Working people can’t seem to get ahead. As we watch the news, engage in our communities, and organize around our respective issues, it becomes more and more apparent that we are operating in a rigged economy, which works for a privileged few. Wall Street’s power and influence continues to thwart progress on our most [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

NJTV: Concern Over Public’s Right to Access Emergency Response Plans

Dan Fatton, WEC executive director, appeared on NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams to discuss WEC's latest report, ACCESS DENIED. For the interview transcript, please click here. Several clarifications: As noted in the report, an estimated 12 million people live or work within the danger zones of NJ facilities; however, not [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

ACCESS DENIED: New Research Report Details Governor Christie’s Violation of Federal Law Requiring Public Access to Local Emergency Response Plans

Governor Chris Christie continues to fail in carrying out his legal responsibility under federal law for ensuring that the public has access to an up-to-date Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in each of New Jersey’s counties and municipalities in the event of a chemical plant fire, explosion, or other toxic emergency. The Governor's State [...]

By | December 21st, 2016|Highlights, Press Releases|1 Comment