• July 17, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 41

    Governor Murphy has paused New Jersey’s reopening at Stage 2.  Governor Murphy has expressed concerns of the spread of COVID-19 in other states, and has paused re-opening, particularly related to indoor activities.  They are observing what is happening in other states and looking at New Jersey’s data.  Pennsylvania has pulled back on indoor dining.   New Jersey’s rate of transmission was reported to be 1.11 today, which is higher than the administration would like. When the state decided to move to Stage 1 of reopening, NJ was at .81 and it was .70 when Stage 2 started.


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  • June 26, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 40

    "We have every expectation that our kids will return to their schools come September," said Governor Murphy. "Today's guidance comes with one overarching requirement: that our public schools will open in some capacity with the health of students, their families, and educators being the TOP PRIORITY."


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  • June 25, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 39

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.


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  • June 22, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 38

    On June 13, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 154, which permits as of today, June 22, the limited reopening of personal care service facilities and outdoor pools, including additional recreational activities; however, this does not include gyms/indoor fitness centers, museums, and other government services.


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  • June 10, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 37

    Late last night, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 152 (Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Lifting Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings) and Executive Order 153 (Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Opening Pools Effective June 22, and Opening Additional Outdoor Recreational Businesses). EO 151, which extended the Public Health Emergency in New Jersey, is still in place.


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  • June 9, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 36

    As New Jersey’s reopening plan nears Stage 2, Governor Murphy plans to sign Executive Order 152, lifting New Jersey’s Stay-At-Home Order; however, EO 151, which extended the Public Health Emergency in New Jersey, is still in place.


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  • June 5, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 35

    As expected, to ensure that his Reopening & Recovery Plan continues to proceed in stages, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 151 extending the Public Health Emergency in New Jersey. As with previous extensions, the Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, extended on April 7, 2020 through Executive Order No. 119, and extended again on May 6, 2020 through Executive Order No. 138. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.   The extension of the Health Emergency is a formality required by law and should not be seen as anything other than that.


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  • June 1, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 34

    Insisting reliance on “common sense for the common good,” Governor Murphy announced that on June 15th New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of the NJ Restart & Recovery Plan.


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  • May 22, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 33

    This morning, Governor Murphy announced that he is signing a new executive order lifting the limit of outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 individuals. Recreational campgrounds – both public and private – can reopen, effectively immediately.  Social distancing must be adhered to. Indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 people (Essential Businesses continue to be exempt from this indoor limit as per Executive Orders 107/122/142).


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  • May 18, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 32

    The Road Back: Data Determines Dates: New Jersey Currently in Stage 1 of Reopening. Governor Murphy unveils multi-stage strategy to reopening the state and returning to our "new normal."


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  • May 13, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 31

    Governor Murphy has announced the next steps down New Jersey’s road back to recovery. He is making these decisions based on the data, so that New Jersey can return to a safe, smart, and sustainable way of life. Confident that both non-essential construction sites and non-essential businesses can maintain the social distancing guidance that has helped the state to reach this part, Governor Murphy announced the restart of non-essential construction and allowing non-essential retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup only, effective 6AM on Monday, May 18. The administration has made these decisions since they can be safely open and operated


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  • May 8, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 30

    Governor Murphy today signed Executive Order 140 establishing the <strong>Governor Restart and Recovery Advisory Council (GRRAC), </strong>which will work in conjunction with the Governor Restart and Recovery Commission announced last month.<br />  


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  • May 6, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 29

    Governor Murphy and his advisors continue to rely on data to drive their decisions regarding the reopening of the state. The governor will not be tied down to an arbitrary re-opening date, and that was clear with his announcement today extending New Jersey’s public health emergency.


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  • May 4, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 28

    The parks and golf courses were open this past weekend, and at today’s conference there weren’t many mentions of "knuckleheads" violating the social distancing requirements imposed by executive order outlining their operations while open.


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  • April 29, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 27

    New Jersey is starting to see glimmers of hope as a result of the early actions taken by the Murphy administration.   With the formation of the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and <strong><u>his announcement today to re-open parks and golf courses starting May 2 @ 6AM,</u></strong> the Murphy administration is clearly starting to focus on restarting New Jersey’s economy by gradually reopening the state.


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  • April 28, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 26

    Today, Governor Murphy announced the members of the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission (GRRC) with the following goals:  Advise on issues of public health, workforce development & transportation; Seek ways to maximize future federal support; Review potential long-term investments; and Ensure restart and recovery works for every family.


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  • April 27, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 25

    Restarting New Jersey will take weeks, not months, but will likely begin within five weeks from now.


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  • April 20, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 24

    Yesterday, Governor Murphy, Governor Cuomo, Governor Lamont, Governor Wolf, Governor Carney, Governor Raimondo and Governor Baker announced appointees to the Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy. New Jersey will be represented by George Helmy, Chief of Staff to the Governor; Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and Jeh Johnson, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama.  For the full list of appointees click here.<br />  


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  • April 14, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 23

    Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 127, extending various deadlines associated with rulemaking for state agencies until 90 days following the end of the public health emergency. The order additionally allows for any rules or emergency rules that would expire during the current public health emergency to be extended until 90 days following the end of the public health emergency.


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  • April 13, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 22

    Today Governor Phil Murphy joined Governor Cuomo and the governors of CT, PA, DE and RI via teleconference to announce a regional advisory council to guide the reopening of our regional economy after the #COVID19 emergency has passed. Each state will have three representatives on the advisory council: governor’s chief of staff, health department official, and economic development official. It is possible that other states will participate, as Governor Cuomo openly invited other states to join. Cuomo expects the reopening process to begin within weeks for New York and hopes that any efforts by NJ or other states complements the strategy developed by this council.  


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  • April 10, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 21

    As of 8 P.M. tonight, April 10, Executive Order Executive Order 122  will go into effect.  We have expressed our members’ concerns to the Governor’s Office regarding the ability to acquire enough supply of face coverings and/or gloves that work with your manufacturing process, and in some cases the inability to wear gloves for certain processes.


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  • April 9, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 20

    Late last evening, you should have received Update 19, which shared information on Executive Order 122, which updates Executive Order 107, and directs all non-essential construction across the state to cease, indefinitely, effective 8 p.m. Friday, April 10. As well, the E.O. provided guidelines for warehouses and manufacturing facilities.


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  • April 8, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 19

    Late this evening, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 122, which updates Executive Order 107, and directs all non-essential construction across the state to cease, indefinitely, effective 8 p.m. Friday, April 10. As well, the E.O. provides guidelines for warehouses and manufacturing facilities. The guidelines are in line with what our members are already doing and what we have been advising members to do: “if you are open, regardless if an essential business, social distancing must be practiced to its fullest extent.” As well, there is guidance on what to do when an employee appears to have COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive.


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  • April 7, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 18

    Since state laws requires that a Public Health Emergency declared by the governor automatically terminate after 30 days, today Governor Murphy announced that he would renew the Public Health Emergency, declared on March 9, 2020 in E.O. 103, for another 30 days by singing E.O. 119.


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  • April 6, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 17

    The “Stay At Home” order is working in New Jersey, according to the governor.  “If we continue to stay home and practice social distancing, we can stick ourselves to the bottom curve,” Governor Murphy said, referring to the slide below. Because of these steps, the projected best-case scenario shows peak on or about April 19.


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  • April 2, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 16

    Governor Murphy has signed an executive order, invoking the powers of the Disaster Control Act, formally authorizing Col. Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, New Jersey State Police Superintendent, in consultation with the commissioner of the NJ Department of Health, to commandeer medical supplies and equipment necessary to the State's COVID-19 response. Medical supplies include, but are not limited to, N95 masks, other personal protective equipment, and ventilators.


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  • April 1, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 15

    Earlier today Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin released a Joint Statement announcing that the state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th. Additionally, in an unprecedented move, as part of the whole-of-government effort that is going into fighting COVID-19, they agreed that the state fiscal year should be extended to September 30th. This change allows the Legislature to focus fully on leading New Jersey out of this crisis, and to allow for a robust, comprehensive, and well-informed budget process later in the year. Historically the state fiscal year ends on June 30th.


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  • March 30, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 14

    Over the weekend, the CDC issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, which caused some confusion. Governor Murphy later offered a statement clarifying the impact of the advisory on New Jersey: "To be clear, this non-binding advisory guidance does not change the rules that have been established and in place for over a week now under Executive Order 107. If you have been working as part of our frontline response effort, from health care workers to supermarket workers, we still need you on the job."


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  • March 27, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 13

    Governor Murphy reminded all retail businesses, including essential manufacturing operations, that while they remain open, they must be following CDC Business Guidance and Social Distancing Guidance. The Office of the Governor is receiving a lot of complaints that companies, including manufacturers, are not practicing proper protocol while they are open.  In our briefings, we warned our members that the online site will make it easier for essential employees to share complaints, even if unfounded.  Please, ensure you are following all protocols.


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  • March 26, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 12

    <p>Governor Phil Murphy today announced that President Donald J. Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020.</p>


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  • March 25, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 11

    Today Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 110  requiring all childcare centers in New Jersey that wish to continue operating to certify that they will solely serve the children of essential workers. The deadline to certify is Friday, March 27. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, only childcare centers that exclusively serve the children of essential workers will be allowed to remain open. Section 5 F does cover our essential workers.


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  • March 24, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 10

    In yesterday’s Executive Order 109, Section 7, there was a further request that “any business or non-hospital health care facility…in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines that are not required for the provision of critical health care services should undertake an inventory of such supplies and send that information to the state by no later than 5:00 p.m. on 6 Friday, March 27, 2020.”


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  • March 23, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 9

    “It is not a time for business as usual,” Governor Murphy stated at this afternoon’s press conference.  Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 109, directing the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults that are scheduled to take place after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27.


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  • March 21, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 8

    Governor Murphy has enacted Executive Order No. 107  “Stay at Home” Order.  Work at construction sites may continue, as can manufacturing, trucking, and transportation operations.


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  • March 20, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 7

    While Governor Murphy enacted no new measures today at his daily press briefing, he alluded that tomorrow he’s “tightening the screws” on social distancing in the state and taking more aggressive measures.  It is not clear what the governor has in mind, but likely to follow some of the actions enacted by New York and Pennsylvania.


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  • March 19, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 6

    Today Governor Murphy ordered, effective 8PM tonight, the closure of all personal-care businesses which cannot comply with social distancing guidelines – including barber shop and hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons, tattoo parlors – and social clubs, until further notice.


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  • March 18, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 5

    E.O. 104  remains in effect for the entire state of New Jersey and supersedes local and county orders.


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  • March 17, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 4

    Yesterday, Governor Murphy announced uniform standards for crowds and social gatherings, which he executed via Executive Order 104 and went into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020.<br />  


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  • March 16, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 3

    Today Governor Murphy announced uniform standards for crowds and social gatherings with the states of New York and Connecticut, beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020.


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  • March 15, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 2

    Earlier today Governor Murphy indicated that the state is considering a statewide curfew in response to COVID-19. CCNJ had been anticipating this potential action, and last week we reached out to the NJ Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to confirm that its Private Sector Essential Employee Registration Project is still operational.


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  • March 13, 2020

    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION UPDATE 1

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey will begin sending regular emails to our entire membership to keep you abreast of any developments that may impact your company’s operations in New Jersey, and to share information from government agencies and industry to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will use this space to share the most pertinent information.


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  • December 20, 2019

    CCNJ 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW

    For more than 60 years the business of chemistry has counted on CCNJ's professional staff to represent them in Trenton. Representing the $25.5 Billion industry, which employs more than 43,800 people, remains our priority.


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  • December 14, 2018

    CCNJ 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

    For more than 60 years the business of chemistry has counted on the CCNJ professional staff to represent them in Trenton. Representing the $25.5 Billion industry, which employs more than 43,800 people, remains the preeminent concern of the Council.


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  • January 31, 2018

    TOTAL TRI EMISSIONS FOR NJ CHEMICAL SECTOR DOWN 96% SINCE 1988, CCNJ MEMBERS COMMITMENT TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

    The Environmental Protection Agency released its final 2016 TRI data to the public on January 30, 2108, which demonstrated once again the chemistry industry’s commitment to protecting the environment, and the health and safety of its workers and communities in which they operate.<br />  


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  • November 30, 2017

    CCNJ 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

    Seventy-eight years of combined experience in government, public and regulatory affairs. The CCNJ staff has earned a reputation for being influential business advocates in Trenton.


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  • November 28, 2017

    STATEMENT: DWQI NOVEMBER 28, 2017 MEETING

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and its members continue to advocate for Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI)'s and NJDEP's open and thorough consideration of the Rutgers Pilot Study of Perfluorochemical Compounds in Paulsboro Residents, Sept. 13, 2017, and the underlying PFC blood sampling data from Paulsboro.


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  • September 13, 2017

    RUTGERS PILOT STUDY OF PERFLUOROCHEMICAL COMPOUNDS IN PAULSBORO RESIDENTS

    What questions did the study try to answer? 1. What are the levels of PFNA and other PFC in blood of Paulsboro residents? 2. How do PFC levels compare those of all US residents? Does this differ among people of different ages, gender, or race-ethnicity? 3. Were there any associations between PFC levels and self-reported health conditions?


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  • January 25, 2017

    GES Expands Ecological Services Capabilities with Acquisition of KBA EnviroScience, Ltd.

    Neptune, NJ (January 25, 2017): GES has announced the acquisition of KBA EnviroScience Ltd as a complementary fit into GES’ environmental service offering. 


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  • January 12, 2017

    TOTAL TRI EMISSIONS FOR NJ CHEMICAL SECTOR DOWN 96% SINCE 1988, CCNJ MEMBERS MAKE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

    Total U.S. releases of toxic chemicals decreased by 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual TRI report, the U.S. chemical sector saw its emissions decrease by about 1.1 percent during the same period. The EPA attributed some of the decrease to significant lower air releases of hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, toluene and mercury at TRI-covered facilities (EPA TRI Press Release, Jan. 12. 2017).


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  • November 30, 2016

    CCNJ 2016 Year In Review

    Seventy-five years of combined experience in government, public and regulatory affairs. The CCNJ staff have earned a reputation for being influential business advocates in Trenton.


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  • January 25, 2016

    TOTAL TRI EMISSIONS FOR NJ CHEMICAL SECTOR DOWN 94% SINCE 1988

    Total U.S. releases of toxic chemicals decreased by 6 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual TRI report, the U.S. chemical sector saw its emissions decrease by about 4 percent during the same period.  The EPA noted that the reduction was “mainly due to decreases from chemical manufacturing facilities and electric utilities.” (EPA TRI Press Release, Jan. 21, 2016).


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  • November 30, 2015

    CCNJ 2015 Year In Review

    With more than 50 years of combined experience in government, public and regulatory affairs, the CCNJ staff have earned a reputation for being influential business advocates in Trenton.


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  • June 1, 2015

    CCNJ ENERGY PURCHASING PROGRAM & ANNUAL MARKET UPDATE

    By early February 2015, memories of the unprecedented spike in electricity and natural gas prices during the winter of 2014 had faded for many customers. Spot market energy prices had returned to normal levels and many experts were predicting that the 2014 winter prices were “a one-time anomaly.” Within a few weeks, that theory was disproven as frigid temperatures invaded much of the U.S. during February and March 2015. The 2014 market price “anomaly” had become a two-year event with the 2015 energy markets experiencing another large jump in prices. Today’s conventional wisdom is that winter price premiums are here to stay.


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  • March 31, 2014

    CCNJ RAIL SAFETY TASKFORCE MEETS TO SHARE LESSONS LEARNED & REGULATORY FOCUS ON CRUDE RAIL SHIPMENTS

    In late March, the Chemistry Council’s Rail Safety Taskforce held its first meeting of 2014 and continued its mission to work to improve New Jersey’s system of emergency response, and expand the knowledge, relationships, and communication between emergency responders, local government officials, rail partners, and the chemical industry.  The meeting focused on initial lessons learned from a recent joint table top rail incident exercise between Salem and Gloucester Counties and a discussion of the continued regulatory focus on crude oil rail shipments.


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