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Community, Public Health, and Labor Leaders Urge Federal Agencies to Prevent Chemical Disasters at Newark Hearing

Today, residents, community, labor, and environmental leaders gathered at a federal listening session to push the Obama administration to take bold steps to reduce the danger posed to millions of people by high-risk chemical facilities in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. See the Press Release here

By | February 27th, 2014|Press Releases|0 Comments

Statehouse Photo Exhibit Exposes Deplorable Conditions Endangering Thousands of Students in New Jersey Public Schools

An art exhibit on the Statehouse steps exposes the shameful conditions in some New Jersey public schools. The exhibit is titled "A Blind Eye: The Immorality of Inaction," and highlights the shocking result that four years of delayed repairs, renovations and construction have had on our public schools and the students who attend them. View [...]

By | October 23rd, 2013|Press Releases|0 Comments

Five Years Later…Millions Still at Risk from Major Toxic Chemical Disaster; Industry and Gov. Christie Have Failed to Act

New Jersey jobs and millions of residents are still at risk from toxic chemical disaster - five years after the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under former Gov. Jon Corzine adopted rules to implement the NJ Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act that were supposed to drastically reduce that risk. Report: Failure to Act: New Jersey [...]

By | October 10th, 2013|Press Releases|0 Comments

After Spate of Fatal Chemical Plant Explosions, Legislation Needed to Tighten Safety and Security

Given last week's two deadly chemical plant explosions in Louisiana, not to mention April's fatal explosion at a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas, new federal legislation tightening chemical plant safety and security is needed, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said today. See the Press Release here

By | June 18th, 2013|Press Releases|0 Comments

Appelate Court Upholds DEP Waiver Rule

Appellants oppose ruling, anticipate appeal The 28 environmental and labor organizations promised to keep fighting despite the ruling by the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey to uphold the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Waiver Rule. The groups issued the following joint statement: "We are greatly disappointed by the ruling issued by [...]

By | March 21st, 2013|Press Releases|0 Comments

Hurricane Recovery: Resources for Protecting Workers & Residents

WEC has issued critical information with links to resources on how workers and residents can avoid illnesses and injuries during hurricane cleanup and recovery activities. We urge you to prominently reprint the fact sheet in your print and online editions. The list was compiled from federal and state government sources. All links were checked for [...]

By | November 2nd, 2012|Press Releases|0 Comments

WAIVERS FOR SALE! DEP’s Auction Starts Today

Coalition asks Legislature to stop Governor Christie's Pay-to-Play Policies A coalition of labor and environmental organizations held a mock auction of environmental waivers today in front of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to demonstrate how Governor Christie is selling New Jersey's health and environment to benefit big corporations and developers. The coalition is [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|Press Releases|0 Comments