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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Calabrese Bill Designed to Help Senior and Low-Income Homeowners Replace Lead-Contaminated Water Service Lines Introduced in Assembly

To protect and ensure clean drinking water for at-risk New Jersey homeowners, Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese recently introduced legislation to make interest-free loans available for certain New Jersey homeowners to help replace lead-contaminated water service lines located on the homeowner's property between the water main and the water meter.

"All residents deserve contaminant-free drinking water," said Calabrese (D-Bergen, Passaic). "Low-income and senior citizens are oftentimes at the greatest risk of exposure to lead-contaminated water. This bill will give them the support they need to address water concerns."

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Swain, Karabinchak & Timberlake Bill Banning Sale and Distribution of Products Containing Asbestos Gains Final Legislative Approval, Heads to Governor

Asbestos is a real and oft-forgotten danger in the United States, taking the lives of as many as 15,000 Americans every year. Assembly Democrats Lisa Swain, Robert Karabinchak and Britnee Timberlake, however, are taking action to protect the health of New Jerseyans through their bill prohibiting the sale and distribution of products containing asbestos, which was advanced by the full Assembly 76-0-0 Monday to gain final legislative approval.

“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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Pinkin and Zwicker Bill to Statutorily Protect Resident Interest in New Jersey Shores, Strengthen Efforts to Guard Marine Life & Endangered Species Advanced by Assembly Panel

Codifying the public’s right to enjoy New Jersey’s coastline as designated under the Public Trust Doctrine, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin and Andrew Zwicker was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday. “Generation after generation of New Jersey families as well as visitors from out-of-state spends their summers vacationing at the shore,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “Although resident access to our beaches is expressed through the Public Trust Doctrine, formally adopting this principle into law will ensure continued respect of residents’ rights to access New Jersey’s shoreline for recreational purposes and also allow us to further our environmental efforts to protect marine life and endangered species.”

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