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Environmental and Labor Groups Blast Gov. Christie for Waiver Rule

Responding to issuance of a final rule by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encouraging DEP to grant waivers to corporations seeking to avoid health and environmental safeguards, environmental and labor organizations issued this joint statement: Governor Christie has directed his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to adopt a "waiver rule" that allows [...]

By | March 8th, 2012|Press Releases|0 Comments

Press Statement In Response to Environmental Protection Agency Action To Force NJ Ambulance Company to Stop Using Toxic Fogger

New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) Director Rick Engler issued this statement responding to EPA's action ordering a New Jersey ambulance company to cease using misting machines to disinfect its vehicles with toxic chemicals that have sickened workers. Go to the EPA Press Release. Go to the New York Times online coverage. See the Press [...]

By | January 12th, 2011|Press Releases|0 Comments

Workers to Help EPA Prevent Chemical Accidents

New EPA Policy Enlists Workers to Identify Hazards During Inspections of Dangerous Facilities A landmark policy issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will for the first time engage employees and their union representatives during environmental inspections of the nation's most dangerous industrial facilities. Front-line workers will assist EPA inspectors by pointing out hazards that [...]

By | June 23rd, 2010|Press Releases|0 Comments

WEC-BGA Letter to EPA Administrator Jackson

The Blue Green Alliance and the New Jersey Work Environment Council, along with more than 100 prominent labor and environmental organizations, are asking U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to enforce an existing law encouraging worker and union participation during EPA inspections of facilities using extremely hazardous substances. This letter sent to Jackson said allowing [...]

By | December 3rd, 2009|Press Releases|0 Comments

New Jersey Work Environment Council Joins Blue Green Alliance

The Blue Green Alliance announced today that the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) will join the national labor-environmental partnership as a New Jersey affiliate. Formed in 1986 as a result of efforts to pass the state's "Right to Know" laws about hazardous chemicals in workplaces and communities, WEC is the nation's oldest state-based labor-environmental [...]

By | June 5th, 2009|Press Releases|0 Comments

Governor Corzine Proposes Roll Back on Chemical Security Policy – Groups Demand Safety Not Secrecy

Twenty-seven labor, environmental, and community groups today called on Governor Jon Corzine to strike language from a proposed NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rule that could hide information about potential toxic disasters at industrial facilities from communities across the state. Sign-On Letter of Support from 27 Labor, Environmental and Community Organizations. See the Press [...]

By | January 15th, 2009|Press Releases|0 Comments

National Worker Safety Advocates Urge Quick Action by Obama Administration

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association released today Protecting Workers on the Job: Seven Priorities for Federalaction in 2009, a platform of recommendations aimed at reversing the erosion of the worker safety protections that has put the nation's workers at [...]

By | January 6th, 2009|Press Releases|0 Comments