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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Mazzeo Bill to Control Running Bamboo & Help Homeowners Combat the Invasive Plant Gains Assembly OK
Bill Prompted By Struggles of Linwood Family Overrun by BambooLegislation Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo sponsored to combat concerns surrounding the uncontrolled growth of bamboo, which can cause severe damage to property and buildings, gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday by a vote of 48-17-2.
Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) said the bill is necessary due to bamboo's invasiveness, and cited as an example Elaine Walsh of Linwood. Ms. Walsh, a nurse and mother of two, formally resided in Atlantic City, but lost her home during Superstorm Sandy. She relocated to a house in Linwood, but soon discovered her property was being overrun by running bamboo from a neighboring yard.
Stender, McKeon & Jasey Measure to Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline Project Clears AssemblyLegislation Assembly Democrats Linda Stender, John McKeon and Mila Jasey sponsored to express opposition to the construction of pipelines that would transport oil through environmentally sensitive areas of New Jersey was approved 54-5-13 in the Assembly on Thursday.
"Our opposition to the Pilgrim Pipeline project is rooted in the simple notion that there is no reset button when it comes to the environment. Once water that millions of New Jersey residents consume is poisoned or agricultural and wildlife resources are destroyed, looking back and wishing that we had done more to stop this project will be too little, too late," said Stender (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union).
DeAngelo, Pinkin, Eustace & Spencer Bill Aimed at Fostering Design of Energy Efficient Buildings Passes Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Nancy Pinkin, Tim Eustace and L. Grace Spencer designed to encourage the creation of environmentally friendly buildings was recently approved, 71-3, by the Assembly.
The bill (A-2305) aims to promote the incorporation of blue and green roofs into the design of new and existing buildings. Blue and green roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices to prevent roof water from draining too quickly, not only to improve storm water management but also to provide cost saving opportunities such as more efficient energy usage for heating and cooling.
"It's time to start making forward-thinking, eco-friendly solutions a priority for today, not a promise for tomorrow," said DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "Blue and green roofs are a smart approach that will help save money in the long-term while also protecting our environment."