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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Houghtaling & Downey Introduce First-of-its-Kind Tick Control Bill in New Jersey

New Jersey is especially conducive to dangerous, disease-carrying ticks because of the state’s climate, woodlands and large agricultural sector. Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, however, have taken action to reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases, as they introduced legislation on Thursday to authorize the state and county mosquito control commissions to create and implement measures to control the tick population.

“New Jersey has the third most tick-borne disease cases in the entire United States, yet we have never taken any action to curb the spread of these diseases through controlling the tick population,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Diseases stemming from tick bites can be incredibly dangerous—and in rare cases, fatal—and we must put forth every effort to prevent the spread of these diseases in order to protect our residents.”

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Pinkin Lauds BPU Decision to Open Up Application Window for 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Capacity

Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Chairperson Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement Monday on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ unanimous vote to open up an application window for 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind capacity, the largest single-state offshore solicitation in the country:

“This is major step in making New Jersey the national and global leader in clean energy we ought to be…"

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Swain Bill Banning Sale and Distribution of Products Containing Asbestos Clears Assembly Panel

Asbestos is a real and oft-forgotten danger in the United States, taking the lives of as many as 15,000 Americans every year. Assemblywoman Lisa Swain, however, is taking action to protect the health of New Jerseyans through her bill prohibiting the sale and distribution of products containing asbestos, which cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Monday.

“There is absolutely no reason why any New Jerseyans should be at risk of asbestos exposure,” said Swain (D-Bergen/Passaic). “While the current Administration in Washington may be okay with rolling back environmental health standards that protect so many Americans, here in New Jersey we are not, and this bill ensures we will stay proactive in protecting our residents.”

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