Assembly Environment and Solid Waste

The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee focuses on the protection of the natural and historic resources in the state, as well as the management of waste disposal and recycling. The Committee is committed to preserving the quality of New Jersey's air, waters and land, as well as the health and safety of the state's residents.
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Assembly Democrats Bill Requiring NJ to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Signed into Law

Mukherji, Zwicker, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Downey, Kennedy & Pinkin Legislation will Join NJ with Three other States in Opposition to Trump Decision
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, James Kennedy and Nancy Pinkin requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement was signed into law on Wednesday.

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Pinkin & McKeon Legislation Condemning USEPA Decision to Withdraw from "Once-In-Always-In" Policy Clears Assembly

An Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR-144) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin and John McKeon to condemn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to withdraw from the "once-in-always-in" policy was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

"Ignoring the need for the once-in-always-in policy takes this country and our efforts to address global warming in the wrong environmental direction," said McKeon (D-Essex, Morris). "With this, the EPA and this administration continue to make it very clear that protecting our air quality for the sake of human health and fighting the effects of a warming planet by reducing carbon emissions is not a priority. The truth is that it should be a priority."

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McKeon, Gusciora & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Allow NJ to Rejoin the RGGI Program Approved by the Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Reed Gusciora and Valerie Vainieri Huttle that would require the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to curb greenhouse-gas emissions was approved by the full Assembly, 48-24.

Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order on January 29 directing the DEP Commissioner to immediately begin any necessary discussion and negotiations with RGGI's member states for the purpose of arranging New Jersey's re-entry into RGGI and its carbon dioxide budget trading program, and to begin the administrative rulemaking process for the purpose of rejoining within 30 days.

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Assembly Democrats Bill Requiring NJ to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Reintroduced Approved by Assembly

Mukherji, Zwicker, Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Downey, Kennedy & Pinkin Legislation would Join NJ with Three other States in Opposition to Trump Decision
The full Assembly on Thursday gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, James Kennedy and Nancy Pinkin requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The measure passed 49-23.

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Land, Andrzejczak, Mazzeo & Chiaravalloti Bill "STOP Offshore Oil and Gas Act" Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Bruce Land, Bob Andrzejczak, Vincent Mazzeo and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to discourage offshore drilling in state waters was approved, 71-2, by the General Assembly on Thursday.

The sponsors introduced the bill last session in response to Executive Order No. 13795 entitled "Implementing as America-First Offshore Energy Strategy" which President Trump signed on April 28, 2017. The executive order encourages oil and natural gas production off the Atlantic coast.

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