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Murphy Answers Critics, Lays out Plan to Get Lead Out of Schools

As worries over lead in drinking water continue to dominate, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a multi-pronged program Monday to bolster the state’s response to specifically addressing the existence of lead in public schools’ water. The steps announced include: Increasing inspections of school drinking water from the current once every six years to every three years; [...]

By |2019-10-09T06:09:11-04:00October 9th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on Murphy Answers Critics, Lays out Plan to Get Lead Out of Schools

New Jersey Policy Perspective issues new report on EDA as progressive groups announce tax incentive reform agenda

New Jersey advocates, community organizations and workers collectively demanded today that the Legislature pass meaningful reforms to the state’s economic incentives program following the release of a new report that found that New Jersey saw little return on its investments under the failed Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, which expired in June. A broad-based coalition [...]

By |2019-09-27T11:22:15-04:00September 27th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on New Jersey Policy Perspective issues new report on EDA as progressive groups announce tax incentive reform agenda

Asw. Pinkin and Asm. Karabinchak Celebrate “National Drive Electric Week” in Edison with Electric Car Show of the Future

Edison, NJ —  Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak joined with Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center and Jersey Renews to take electric car — and the promise of a zero carbon transportation future for New Jersey — for a test drive during National Drive Electric Week. Edison residents tried out cars like [...]

By |2019-09-27T11:19:39-04:00September 27th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on Asw. Pinkin and Asm. Karabinchak Celebrate “National Drive Electric Week” in Edison with Electric Car Show of the Future

It’s Outrageous that NJ Gives Tax Incentives to Companies that Exploit Workers

The warehouse sector that supports the multibillion dollar e-commerce economy is booming. New Jersey shouldn’t give tax breaks to corporations that exploit the warehouse workers who make it happen. There are major problems with our state’s controversial tax incentive program, administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Over the past year, alarming reports of a lack [...]

By |2019-09-19T02:47:34-04:00September 19th, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on It’s Outrageous that NJ Gives Tax Incentives to Companies that Exploit Workers

Weinberg Urges NJ Transit to Expedite Transition to Electric Bus Fleet

TRENTON– Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) today joined transit advocates and environmentalists in urging New Jersey Transit to expedite conversion to an electric bus fleet. “Cutting vehicle emissions is critical to the fight against climate change,” said Senator Weinberg. “NJ Transit should be in the forefront of the conversion to a zero-emission electric bus [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:40:29-04:00September 13th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on Weinberg Urges NJ Transit to Expedite Transition to Electric Bus Fleet

Governor Murphy Signs Two Bills To Protect First Responders

The “Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act”, named after the Professional Firefighter Association of New Jersey former President Thomas Canzanella who worked on the 9/11 “pile” and passed in June 2007, will modernize the workers’ compensation system in New Jersey.   The Act ensures the meeting of the critical needs of public safety [...]

By |2019-08-28T11:29:48-04:00August 26th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on Governor Murphy Signs Two Bills To Protect First Responders

Our children are being exposed to mercury in schools. We need to act.

Floors emitting mercury vapor have now been found in several school districts in New Jersey. Schools have been using rubber-like polyurethane floors since the 1960s. Some of these floors, installed as late as 2006, contain phenyl mercuric acetate (PMA), a catalyst that releases odorless, colorless mercury vapor. Any item that has been in contact with these [...]

By |2019-08-08T10:22:48-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on Our children are being exposed to mercury in schools. We need to act.

NJ to regulate school floor manufacturers after mercury vapors discovered

Gym floor and school track manufacturers for schools will face tighter regulations, after the discovery of mercury-tainted fumes closed gymnasiums in districts across the state This month, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority reported it would, for the first time, require certification from rubberized or urethane floors floor manufacturers that their products do not contain mercury. [...]

By |2019-07-24T10:25:43-04:00July 24th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on NJ to regulate school floor manufacturers after mercury vapors discovered

No Easy Way to Tell if Your Kid’s Gym Floor is Laced with Mercury

It's unclear exactly how many school gymnasium floors in New Jersey have the potential to emit toxic mercury vapor over time, or are already doing so. But the state can be sure of one thing now: no future Schools Development Authority projects will include floors that contain a mercury catalyst, which can lead to harmful effects [...]

By |2019-07-10T13:00:34-04:00July 10th, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on No Easy Way to Tell if Your Kid’s Gym Floor is Laced with Mercury