Debra Coyle

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Health & Safety During Disaster Recovery

As we approach the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we belong to an unlucky club of communities that have the unique perspective of knowing the devastation and horror that our Texas and Louisiana friends and family are experiencing right now from Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, membership in the club is growing and we expect it [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Hurricane Harvey: More Destruction with Chemical Plant Explosion

On August 31, there were two explosions at the flooded Arkema Inc. chemical plant near Houston, which was inundated with 40+ inches of rain. At least 12 emergency responders were affected by the smoke and some were taken to the hospital. The plant manufactures organic peroxides commonly used in everyday products like kitchen countertops, [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

In Memoriam, Adrienne Rosner Markowitz

It is with great sadness that the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) shares that Adrienne Rosner Markowitz, our colleague, industrial hygiene consultant and Healthy Schools Coordinator, passed away on July 24, 2017.  Adrienne had an indominable spirit and struggled with an aggressive form of breast cancer for several years.  Adrienne was a warm, loving, [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|Highlights|2 Comments

Remembering Jamie Hoyt: Fallen Worker

On November 30, 2012 Jamie Hoyt, a resident of Bogata New Jersey, and two other Labor Ready temporary workers were moving racks of computers out of a Verizon facility in Pearl River, New York. Jamie was crushed by a falling computer racks and was killed. Jamie's family agreed to speak with us at the [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

WEC Statement On Governor Christie’s Conditional Veto of S806

Gov. Christie has conditionally vetoed the Oil Train Safety bill (S806/A2463). This conditional veto puts fence line communities and first responders at risk by continuing to deny them access to information about rail hazards that other states have made available. Blocking information to local first responders is egregious and puts their lives at risk. [...]

By | July 13th, 2017|Highlights, Press Releases|0 Comments

Unacceptable! Poor N.J. schools close because of heat wave

Thermometers are rising and more than 20,000 students in public schools in Plainfield, Trenton, and other districts throughout the state are being sent home early over the next two days. With the pressure of finals in the air, many students and school employees also have to contend with rising classrooms temperatures. Few examples so [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|0 Comments

Asbestos and Lead — Two Deadly Threats that Must Both Be Eliminated

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named asbestos as a priority chemical to be evaluated for risk, yet at the same time, asbestos inspections at schools are being eliminated, supposedly due to budget constraints. The EPA is presented with a tough decision, reminiscent of the movie “Sophie’s Choice,” when a mother arrives at [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|0 Comments

Immediate Action Needed: Stand Up for Worker Safety and the Environment

Call Your Congressional Representative and Congressman Frelinghuysen With Congressional Representatives heading back to their Districts, now is the time to urge your Representative to stand up for worker safety and the environment. Please ask that they oppose any budget cuts that would hinder federal and state agencies from protecting us. When Congress returns to [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Act Now, Highlights|0 Comments

Oil Train Safety Bill Passes the Legislature

Bill will improve accountability of companies and require proactive planning The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) and allies commend the Assembly today for passing A2463, the Oil Train Safety bill. The bill ensures that owners or operators of high-hazard trains have discharge response, cleanup, and contingency plans to transport certain hazardous materials by [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Highlights, Press Releases|0 Comments