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Many Poor Schools in New Jersey are Overcrowded

Two-thirds of low-income school districts in New Jersey don't have adequate space to serve their students, according to a report by the NJ Department of Education (DOE). "The report makes clear the enormous unmet needs in the SDA districts, and the continued failure of the current administration to address overcrowding and educational adequacy," said Jerell [...]

By | 2017-12-06T17:32:39+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Climate Change in New Jersey? It’s Here

Climate change is happening in New Jersey, and some of its impacts are already occurring: warmer summers, more days of extreme rainfalls, and increased frequency and intensity of floods due to rising sea levels. Hoping to kick off a statewide dialogue to fashion a comprehensive strategy for climate-change policy, Rutgers University [...]

By | 2017-09-28T11:06:23+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Offshore Wind Proponents Voice Support in Atlantic City

  In August 2010, Gov. Chris Christie signed the Offshore Wind Development Act and promised a commitment to offshore wind development in New Jersey. Seven years later, proponents of wind energy say the time for stalling is over. “For too many years, mid-August has become a bittersweet anniversary for New Jersey,” said Doug O’Malley, [...]

By | 2017-08-17T16:46:09+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Christie Vetoes Oil Train Bill

  Gov. Chris Christie refused to sign a bill Thursday that would provide local emergency responders with more information on the scores of trains hauling volatile crude oil through New Jersey, saying it could become a security threat. The measure, which was supported by firefighters, labor groups and environmentalists, required rail companies hauling hazardous materials to provide [...]

By | 2017-08-15T16:51:20+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Heat Wave Prompts Early School Dismissals

  In Plainfield, school’s out early. “It’s good because if we stayed there we would be sweating and melt or something,” said second grader Keyly Portillo. Sweat hardly describes it for Portillo. Mercury reached well above 90 today, making for hazardous conditions in some classrooms. Across the state dozens of school districts called for [...]

By | 2017-06-14T00:23:59+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Hundreds honor Workers’ Memorial Day in New Brunswick

"Hundreds of workers from community organizations, unions and faith-based groups rallied Sunday to observe Workers’ Memorial Day. Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workers continue to find themselves at great risk of exposure to dangerous workplace conditions. In December 2016, Alvaro Esteban of Freehold died on the job at the Edgeboro Landfill in East Brunswick after being [...]

By | 2017-04-25T16:07:40+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|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 | 2017-01-26T10:57:33+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

NJTV: Concern Over Public’s Right to Access Emergency Response Plans

Dan Fatton, WEC executive director, appeared on NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams to discuss WEC's latest report, ACCESS DENIED. For the interview transcript, please click here. Several clarifications: As noted in the report, an estimated 12 million people live or work within the danger zones of NJ facilities; however, not [...]

By | 2016-12-28T21:56:05+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Remembering Bhopal: Importance of Chemical Safety

December 3 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Bhopal, India disaster: the world’s worst industrial accident. In the middle of the night, an accident at a Union Carbide plant released a toxic gas, methyl isocyanate. The impact on the surrounding community was immediate and deadly. Chaos ensued as people attempted to escape the lethal [...]

By | 2016-12-02T11:39:01+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments