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05/06/2019

10 New Jersey Counties Rated F for Ozone Pollution in US Air Quality Report

New Jersey’s smog problem continues to worsen as the 2019 State of the Air report from the American Lung Association shows 10 counties rated F, the worst grade possible for ozone air quality, also known as ground-level air pollution or smog.

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04/25/2019

Hazardous Chemicals Linked to Cancer Found at Illegal NJ Dump Site

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently found dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals at an unlicensed solid-waste facility in Vernon, NJ. The staggering seven-story dirt pile that had allegedly been operating as an illegal dump site has recently come under increased scrutiny.

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04/15/2019

How NJ Developed the Nation’s Toughest Drinking Water Standards

With progressive, new legislation enacted every few years since the 1980s, New Jersey has solidified itself as a national standard-bearer for drinking water regulation. With another proposal making its rounds in Trenton, we would like to look back and see how NJ became the legislative frontrunner for drinking water regulations that it is today.

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04/08/2019

NJ Watershed Ambassadors Celebrate AmeriCorps Week

From March 10 to March 16, Watershed Ambassadors rallied AmeriCorps alumni and members of the public to transform their community through cleanups, plantings, workshops, and more. Volunteers successfully carried out half a dozen programs.

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03/22/2019

New Jersey DEP Announces Plans to Reclassify Rivers in Sussex County

NJ Department of Environmental Protection plans to upgrade 734 waterway miles throughout the state, including parts of Wallkill, Paulinskill, and Pequest Rivers in Sussex and Warren Counties.

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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.

Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas