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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their new authority under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the outdated (and ineffective) Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).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

Request Public Bridge Inspection Reports

Aging railroad bridges cross many of New Jersey’s waterways. Many of the bridges are used to move highly flammable hazardous materials, including Bakken crude oil, throughout our state. The condition of bridges has been virtually unknown because there is no state or federal requirement for railroad companies to disclose bridge inspection reports, until now. [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|Act Now|0 Comments

New Jersey Refinery Concerns Echo Safety Issues in Texas

The Work Environment Council, and the local Teamsters union said they intend to sue the city of Linden because it will not disclose its emergency response plan. The public's right to information about chemical hazards and the plans that address them, mandated by Congress in 1986, has since been undermined by sweeping anti-terrorism laws enacted [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|WEC in the News|0 Comments

Urge Governor Christie to Take Action to Protect our Lives, Jobs, Health, Schools, and Businesses!

New Jersey Work Environment Council and our allies strongly urge Governor Christie to take action to protect our lives, jobs, health, schools, and businesses. The deadly hazards of crude oil shipments on rail are concerning to residents in New Jersey as thousands of rail cars now pass through our communities every week, including through [...]

By | August 31st, 2016|Petitions|0 Comments

WEC Annual Awards Dinner & 30th Anniversary Celebration

The New Jersey Work Environment Council holds its major fundraiser, an awards dinner, each year. 2016 is our 30th anniversary year and we were grateful to be joined by more than 125 labor, environmental, community leaders and public officials, representing many thousands of New Jersey workers and residents. The event was held on Friday, [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Events, Highlights|2 Comments

Will EPA’s Updated Chemical Security Rule Make NJ Safer?

EPA should seize the opportunity to act to protect public safety and the environment from toxic chemical disasters. But will it apply the lessons learned in New Jersey? This spring, EPA proposed amending its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule that covers facilities using extraordinarily hazardous substances. The proposed rule exempts 88 percent of the total [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|0 Comments

Shed Light on Crude Oil Shipments

Should corporate secrecy come before protection of human lives? That question was raised dramatically by four events recently involving railroad safety, including the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. Full Article by Dominick Marino, President, Professional Firefighters Association of NJ & WEC Board Member and Debra Coyle McFadden, WEC staff July 5, 2015 - Courier-Post

By | July 5th, 2015|Opinion Pieces|0 Comments