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EPA’s First Ten TSCA Chemicals Review: Part Two

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 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their new authority under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the outdated (and ineffective) Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). EPA named the first ten priority chemicals for assessment and is tasked with evaluating these chemicals to ensure there is [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Connecting With Labor on Climate Change

WEC recently helped launch Jersey Renews, a coalition of labor, community, environmental and faith based organizations pushing for stronger climate policies here in NJ. It's heartening to see Labor Education & Research Now at Rutgers University offering a course examining unions' responses to climate change. Participants in this online course will learn best practices for communicating about [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

EPA’s First Ten TSCA Chemicals Review: Part One

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 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their new authority under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the outdated (and ineffective) Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). EPA named the first ten priority chemicals for assessment and is tasked with evaluating these chemicals to ensure there is [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

Seeking: Movement Builders

Congratulations to the first round of trainers to complete the Public Need over Corporate Greed trainer apprenticeship program! Over the course of two days, more than 30 participants discussed movement building, the economics of both social and income inequality, and the concrete steps we can take to build a more equitable economy which works for [...]

By | February 6th, 2017|Highlights|0 Comments

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