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Assembly Environment Committee Members Reflect on NJ Environmental Progress, Renew Commitment to Fight Climate Change on 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

oday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and thus marks 50 years of proactive efforts to preserve and protect our planet for future generations. Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex), James Kennedy (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union), Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) and John McKeon (D-Essex, Morris), members of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, issued the following joint statement:

“Underscoring global environmental progress, today’s Earth Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and recommit ourselves to where we’re still headed.

“As members of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, we’ve worked hard to forge model policy for a cleaner and more sustainable New Jersey. We’ve made climate change mitigation a priority, enacting forward-thinking legislation on electric vehicles, renewable energy and green infrastructure.

“We have protected our beaches and open space, revised the Site Remediation Reform Act to clean up contaminated sites, and made environmental justice a critical part of all our environmental protection goals.

“We remain committed to bold action that distinguishes New Jersey as a leader and innovator on climate issues. We have tackled persistent issues such as plastic pollution and reducing our carbon footprint. Together, our commitment to environmental protection will hold New Jersey’s place as an environmental champion.

“Today, on their 50th anniversary, we also recognize New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the hard work they do to protect our environment and public health. It’s the combined efforts of lawmakers, NJDEP, and the countless organizations and advocates that continue to champion environmental policy that make New Jersey the leader it is today.

“New Jersey is a beautiful state with many natural assets from our beaches to our farms and parks. Though we cannot be physically present with one another today as we battle the coronavirus, we look forward to celebrating together once we rise up from the pandemic. Together we will work for a greener, cleaner New Jersey!”