Environment


TOTAL TRI EMISSIONS FOR NJ CHEMICAL SECTOR DOWN 96% SINCE 1988

The New Jersey chemical sector’s TRI emissions decreased by 16 percent from 2015 to 2016, and by 96 percent since 1988. This significant decrease can be attributed to the industry’s efforts to regularly implement emission reduction methods.

CCNJ members are continuously identifying source reduction opportunities to minimize waste and its impact on the environment. Our members create the science to produce the products that improve and sustain our quality life.  Our members are committed to reducing their environmental impact, while supporting a robust New Jersey economy.

Environment Related Position Papers

  • October 11, 2018

    COMMENTS: REGARDING NEW JERSEY 2019 ENERGY MASTER PLAN – REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION

    Energy is a vital component of the industry’s cost structure and higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on our members and the consumers of their products.  As such, we support goals to drive down the cost of energy for all customers, to promote a diverse portfolio of new, clean, in-state generation and to reward energy efficiency and energy conservation and reduce peak demand.  The Council believes that these goals are in the best interests of all energy consumers, as their implementation will lead to significant improvement in energy utilization throughout the state, ensure that the environment remains protected, and foster innovation and economic growth.


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  • June 28, 2018

    COMMENTS: POTENTIAL REPORTING CHANGES TO THE TOXIC CATASTROPHE PREVENTION ACT PROGRAM

    On behalf of the members of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ), we would like to share our concerns regarding the attached draft “Annual Report Compliance Audit and Near Miss Handout” dated May 2, 2018, which summarizes potential changes to the Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act (TCPA) annual report requirements.


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  • June 6, 2018

    COMMENTS: NJPDES FISCAL YEAR 2018 ANNUAL FEE REPORT AND ASSESSMENT OF FEES

    First, we would like to share some history and background on our past efforts in advocating for improvements to the NJPDES fee structure.  Back in 2013 and 2014, CCNJ and its members participated in NJPDES stakeholder meetings with the focus on ensuring that the reduction of permittees and environmental loading was taken into account when calculating the industrial NJPDES fees, which were rising uncontrollably.


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  • March 6, 2018

    COMMENTS: ECOLOGICAL EVALUATION TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT VERSION 1.4

    CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) provided comments on the proposed revisions to the Technical Guidance for Ecological Evaluation (EE) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on March 6, 2018.


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  • February 22, 2018

    COMMENTS: IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT VERSION 2.0

    CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) provided comments on the proposed revisions to the Technical Guidance for Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on February 22, 2018.


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  • February 5, 2018

    COMMENTS: REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INPUT FOR PERFLUOROOCTANE SULFONATE

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) pursuant to the Institute’s request for public input regarding the recently released subcommittee reports on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). CCNJ/SRIN have long advocated for greater transparency and public input with respect to DWQI’s activities and we appreciate the steps taken to provide this opportunity.


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  • October 6, 2017

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO AIR QUALITY RULES (DEP DOCKET NO. 12-17-06, PROPOSAL NO. PRN 2017-139)

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) on the proposed amendments to Air Quality, Energy, and Sustainability Program rules published in the New Jersey Register on August 7, 2017.


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  • September 29, 2017

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO SITE REMEDIATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RULES (DEP DOCKET NO. 10-17-06, PROPOSAL NO. PRN 2017-134)

    COMMENTS ON NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO SITE REMEDIATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RULES (DEP DOCKET NO. 10-17-06, PROPOSAL NO. PRN 2017-134)


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  • November 21, 2016

    COMMENTS: REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INPUT FOR PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) pursuant to the Institute’s request for public input regarding the recently released subcommittee reports on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA).


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  • February 9, 2016

    COMMENTS: “PLANNING FOR AND RESPONSE TO CATASTROPHIC EVENTS AT CONTAMINATED SITES” TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT

    On behalf of the members of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN), we appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the “Planning for and Response to Catastrophic Events at Contaminated Sites” (Catastrophic Events) Technical Guidance Document. 


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  • October 31, 2018

    Bill Banning Treatment of Fracking Wastewater Passes New Jersey Senate

    The New Jersey Senate recently released Senate Bill No. 678, which prohibits treatment, discharge, disposal, application to roadway, or storage of wastewater, wastewater solids, sludge, drill cuttings or other byproducts from natural gas exploration or production using hydraulic fracturing, by a 31-5 vote


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  • October 31, 2018

    SRRA 2.0” Update

    Following the full stakeholder meeting held by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on July 16, 2018 “to discuss potential amendments to the Site Remediation Reform Act and other statutes, commonly known as SRRA 2.0”, the Department hosted various smaller break-out sessions focused on specific topics throughout the month of September.


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  • September 1, 2018

    Next CCNJ Environment Committee Meeting Scheduled for October 24, 2018

    The next CCNJ Environment Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2018 with a 9:00 AM start time.  The meeting will be hosted by K&L Gates, located at One Newark Center, 1085 Raymond Boulevard, 10<sup>th</sup> Floor in Newark, NJ 07102.


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  • September 1, 2018

    Environmental Justice Update

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) held a follow-up invite-only consolidated environmental justice (EJ) stakeholder meeting on September 13, 2018.


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  • September 1, 2018

    New Jersey Senate Environment Committee Moves forward with Polystyrene, Plastic Bag and Plastic Straw Ban

    The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee voted 4-1 to release a Senate Bill 2776 which will prohibit stores and food service businesses from providing single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene foam food products to their customers. Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) was the only no vote on the bill.


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  • August 15, 2018

    NJDEP HOLDS “ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE” STAKEHOLDER MEETING

    <p>The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) held an invite-only business and industry stakeholder meeting on July 24, 2018.</p>


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  • May 1, 2018

    Legislation: Prohibit the State Pension Investment in Companies

    <p>Recently, S-1208 (Beach/Oroho)and A-997 (Rooney/Johnson), which prohibits investment of pension and annuity funds by the state in entities that avoid Superfund obligations to the state, were released by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee. The bill targets corporations that file for bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid paying their share of environmental remediation.</p>


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  • May 1, 2018

    Story: NJDEP forms new RAP Workgroup

    <p>The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently formed a new stakeholder workgroup to focus on Remedial Action Permits (RAPs). This workgroup consists of stakeholders with extensive technical backgrounds and knowledge of permit application requirements, Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS), permit guidance, and reporting requirements for Remedial Action Reports (RARs). The purpose of this workgroup is to evaluate ways to improve the permitting process in an effort to reduce the number of administrative and technical deficiencies.</p>


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  • May 1, 2018

    Legislation: Polystyrene Ban

    <p>New Jersey Senate Environment Committee moves to ban Polystyrene in Schools and Universities</p> <p>The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee, today, voted 5-0 in favor of releasing S-1846 Singleton (D7), which prohibits sale of expanded polystyrene food containers by public schools and public institutions of higher education, from the committee.</p>


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  • May 1, 2018

    Next DWQI Meeting Scheduled for May 25, 2018

    The next Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) public meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center, located at 3450 Princeton Pike, Suite 110 in Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.


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Environment Related Resources

  • June 1, 2013

    As Hurricane Season Begins: Reminders to Minimize and Report Releases

    Unlike some other natural disasters, the onset of a hurricane can allow early preparations to minimize its effect on a facility. Owners/operators typically take prudent preventive action by safely shutting down processes, or otherwise operate under emergency operations procedures, before hurricane force winds and associated stormsurge flooding can damage facilities and cause uncontrolled releases of hazardous chemicals.


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