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, Eustace & Andrzejczak Introduce Measure Opposing Offshore Drilling off Atlantic CoastSponsors Cite Potential Negative Impact on Crucial New Jersey Shore Economy
Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Tim Eustace and Bob Andrzejczak have introduced legislation opposing a proposal to open portions of Atlantic Coast for oil and natural gas drilling.
"Offshore drilling threatens the economy and the environment of New Jersey and other coastal states," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "Consider that New Jersey's 127-mile coast supports a tourism industry worth more than $36 billion, or 7 percent of the state's entire economy, and generates recreational and commercial fishing revenues of $2 billion annually. A major oil spill on the East Coast could easily destroy the state's coastal resources…"
Pinkin Introduces Legislation Designating the Io Moth as the New Jersey State Moth
Law Would Be the First-of-a-Kind in the CountryAssemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin (D-Middlesex) introduced legislation designating the Io moth as the New Jersey State Moth.
New Jersey would be the first state in the United States to declare a State Moth. The Io Moth can be found in most parts of the state. New Jersey currently recognizes a state flower, state insect, state shell and a state fish, among others.
"It is clear that moths play a vital role in the health of our ecosystem as pollinators and as food for birds, mammals and insects," said Pinkin (D-Middlesex)...
McKeon, Schaer, Prieto, Quijano & Wimberly Bill to Limit Use of Environmental Settlement Funds Heads to Gov's Desk
Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motiveLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Gary Schaer, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Annette Quijano and Benjie Wimberly to ensure that moneys received as part of an environmental violation lawsuit is used to fix the damage created by the infraction received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"Current law allows the administration to use most of the Exxon settlement money to balance the budget. Residents have been terribly shortchanged by this settlement. Using these funds as a short-term budget fix adds insult to injury," said Mckeon (D-Essex/Morris). "This bill amends the law so that the bulk of monies received from environmental lawsuits are reserved for damage restoration."
McKeon & Quijano Bill to Extend Public Notice of Pending Environmental Settlements Approved by Assembly
Bill stems from Christie administration's decision to settle with Exxon for $225 million despite asking for $8.9 billion in damages; decision has raised questions about motiveLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) and Annette Quijano (D- Union) to better inform the public about environmental settlements being considered by the state was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.
"The many concerns surrounding the Exxon Mobil settlement make it a glaring example of why the public notice timeframe needs changing," said McKeon. "The questionable size of the settlement, the extent of the damage and the length of time involved with this litigation makes a 30-day public notice period inadequate. More time is appropriate for this - and all future settlements."
McKeon Seeks Pollution Complaint Information from Attorney General & Department of Environmental ProtectionRequest Part of Assembly Judiciary Committee Examination of Proposed Christie Administration Settlement with Exxon Mobil
Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman John McKeon on Wednesday asked the state Attorney General and Department of Environmental Protection commissioner to provide him a list of all complaints filed by the state since 2004 in which the state sought pollution damages.
"The committee's review of this proposed settlement is of vital importance to the taxpayers of New Jersey and the environmental health of our state," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "Gov. Christie insists this is a good deal for New Jersey, but we need to see where this decision stands in relation to other incidents to decide whether that's an accurate statement..."
Eustace, Spencer, Lampitt & Benson Bill to Help State Facilities Go Green Clears Assembly PanelMeasure Would Oversee the Transition to Environmentally Sustainable, Energy Efficient Practices at All State Offices
Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, L. Grace Spencer, Pamela Lampitt and Daniel Benson sponsored to help New Jersey "go green" by maximizing the environmental sustainability of state offices recently was approved by an Assembly panel.
"Pursuing sustainability, and the healthier, non-toxic, energy efficient products that go along with it, will ultimately improve the quality of life for everyone throughout New Jersey," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic).