(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), the Assembly environment chairwoman, released the following statement Wednesday on the recent court ruling declaring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has authority to force Pennsylvania power plants to reduce emissions into New Jersey:
“This ruling is a step in the right direction to protect New Jersey residents and the environment. The EPA has authority within the Clean Air Act to govern interstate pollution, and I’m pleased to see the appeals court agree. It’s a common sense decision that will benefit New Jersey residents, especially who suffer from respiratory ailments.
“Maintaining clean air for New Jersey residents is a top priority, and I thank the Obama administration and the EPA for continuing to emphasize that commitment. Their commitment is especially important considering Gov. Christie’s failed record when it comes to clean air.
“Residents can be assured that despite the governor’s failure, legislative Democrats remain committed to reducing greenhouse gases and providing clean air. Gov. Christie’s must reverse his decision to remove New Jersey from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and show a commitment to something all New Jerseyans want and expect – a clean environment.”
Spencer hosted a roundtable discussion on environmental justice Wednesday with various groups