Environment


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

The Environmental Protection Agency released its 2019 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows that EPA and companies that manage chemicals continue to make progress in preventing pollution. The report shows continued toxic chemical reductions in Region 2 and that between 2018 and 2019 total releases of TRI chemicals in New Jersey’s chemical sector decreased by 9 percent.

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

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  • August 26, 2021

    CCNJ COMMENTS: NJDEP NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON DISCONTINUATION OF GENERAL PERMIT GP-020 FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

    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, Department) regarding the discontinuation of GP-020 for Research and Development (R&D) at minor air facilities, N.J.A.C. 7:27-8.8(c)19.


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  • August 20, 2021

    CCNJ COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED NEW RULES AND AMENDMENTS, GREENHOUSE GAS MONITORING AND REPORTING

    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 new rules and amendments regarding Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Monitoring and Reporting requirements published in the New Jersey Register on June 21, 2021.


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  • August 20, 2021

    CCNJ COMMENTS: PRE-PROPOSAL COMMENTS ON NJDEP ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RULEMAKING STAKEHOLDER EFFORT

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) appreciate the opportunity to provide the following comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) on the Environmental Justice (EJ) rulemaking focus areas, as presented at the virtual stakeholder meetings held from January through June 2021.


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  • June 25, 2021

    CCNJ COMMENTS: NJDEP TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FILL MATERIAL GUIDANCE FOR SRP SITES

    CCNJ/SRIN provided comments on the "Fill Material Guidance for SRP  sites" NJDEP Technical Guidance Document.


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  • June 17, 2021

    CCNJ COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND NEW RULES, ADVANCED CLEAN TRUCKS PROGRAM AND FLEET REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

    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) on the proposed amendment and new rules regarding the Advanced Clean Trucks Program and fleet reporting requirements published in the New Jersey Register on April 19, 2021. CCNJ member companies are committed to conducting operations in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner while pursuing business goals which add to New Jersey’s economic recovery.


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  • June 1, 2021

    CCNJ COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO PERMIT AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR FUMIGANTS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS, N.J.A.C. 7:27, 7:27A

    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, Department) on the Proposed Amendments to the Permit and Reporting Requirements for Fumigants and Other Hazardous Air Pollutants published in the New Jersey Register on March 1, 2021 (Proposed Amendments). The Proposed Amendments present widely sweeping changes to the regulation of fumigants and fumigation operations that will impact a range of industries beyond fumigation


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  • December 28, 2020

    CCNJ COMMENTS: ARS MGW TECHNICAL GUIDANCE

    CCNJ/SRIN submitted the ARS MGW Technical Guidance comments to DEP. Included at the end are the two documents that are referenced in our comment spreadsheet.


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  • December 21, 2020

    CCNJ COMMENTS: 1,4-DIOXANE PUBLIC COMMENT

    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 1,4-dioxane. CCNJ/SRIN have long advocated for greater transparency and public input with respect to DWQI’s activities, and we appreciate this opportunity.


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  • November 23, 2020

    PRE-PROPOSAL COMMENTS ON NJDEP EJ RULEMAKING EFFORT

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) appreciate the opportunity to provide the following pre-proposal comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the environmental justice (EJ) rulemaking focus areas, as presented at the October 22, 2020 virtual initial public information session. Please note that these initial comments are limited based on what information has been shared so far. CCNJ/SRIN respectfully request that the NJDEP follow through with their statement about committing to scheduling future focus group and stakeholder meetings, and remain engaged with stakeholders on this rulemaking effort.


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  • March 10, 2020

    PRELIMINARY COMMENTS ON NJDEP NJPACT RULEMAKING EFFORT – REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS IN NJ

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following preliminary comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the potential pathways to reduce carbon emissions in the state to achieve the goals of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2006 levels by 2050 and 100% clean energy by 2050, as presented at the stakeholder meeting held on February 25, 2020.


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Environment Related Chemunique Posts

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  • September 30, 2021

    CCNJ Announces COVID-19 Safety Protocol For 36th Annual Conference on October 25-26 in Atlantic City

    The CCNJ Board of Directors at their last meeting, with CCNJ staff support, decided that for the upcoming in-person conference CCNJ staff will rely on the honesty of its members to protect the health and safety of our guests and registrants, and will not require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test (72-hours prior to the event) to attend the conference.


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  • September 30, 2021

    State of New Jersey Responds To Industry’s Challenge Of State’s PFAS Limits

    Last month, the state of New Jersey filed its brief in the state-court challenge, and as expected, the state argued that its 2020 drinking water and groundwater standards did not violate state administrative requirements, and that the standards were indeed based on research and science used for years by the NJDEP.


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  • September 30, 2021

    Call for Proposals Due Date Extended to Oct. 4: CCNJ Annual Plant Operations Management Virtual Workshop

    For many years, CCNJ has hosted an annual in-person workshop with a focus on plant operations management in December.  Last year, we held the event virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it was a success. As New Jersey and the business community begin to navigate the process of safely reopening, and many companies continue to work remotely through the fall, we thought it best to hold this year’s workshop virtually once again.


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  • September 30, 2021

    DEP Accepting Nominations Through October 11 For Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, CCNJ Encourages Members To Submit

    "Our members have a great story to tell, and we want to encourage our members to nominate themselves for these types of awards," said Dennis Hart, CCNJ executive director. "Submitting a nomination for their work in environmental excellence, while manufacturing lifesaving products, allows for policy makers and regulators to see firsthand how the chemistry industry is a solutions partner. If selected as a winner, we then can use it as part of our advocacy offering concrete examples for why the state should be reaching out to us as partners in boosting the state’s economy and encouraging policies that help keep our companies thriving in New Jersey."


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  • September 30, 2021

    Update on DEP EJ Rulemaking

    Following the conclusion of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)’s Environmental Justice (EJ) rulemaking stakeholder process, CCNJ submitted pre-proposal comments on August 20, 2021. 


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  • September 30, 2021

    Update on NJDEP NJPDES PFAS Effort

    As a follow-up to the March 17, 2021, survey demand regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) sent to all New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) Category B and L permittees, the NJDEP contacted select NJPDES permittees on August 18, 2021 with an effluent sampling demand.


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  • August 25, 2021

    Update On CCNJ’s Regulatory Advocacy

    CCNJ continues to work on comments regarding various New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) rulemaking efforts.


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  • August 25, 2021

    Drinking Water Quality Institute Meets & Recommends New Standards Recap of August 5, 2021 DWQI Meeting

    The Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) recently held a meeting on August 5, 2021, that mainly focused on 1,4-dioxane. 


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  • August 25, 2021

    Call for Proposals Due Sep. 30: CCNJ Annual Plant Operations Management Virtual Workshop

    For many years, CCNJ has hosted an annual in-person workshop with a focus on plant operations management in December.  Last year, we held the event virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it was a success. As New Jersey and the business community begin to navigate the process of safely reopening, and many companies continue to work remotely through the fall, we thought it best to hold this year’s workshop virtually once again.


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  • June 30, 2021

    New Jersey Assembly Environment Committee Unanimously Releases Advanced Recycling Bill

    The New Jersey Assembly Environment and Solid Waste committee recently held a hearing and a vote to release Assembly Bill 5803, which exempts certain plastic materials processed at advanced plastic processing facilities from State laws regulating solid waste disposal and recycling. Innovations in chemistry are now creating solutions for a strong, sustainable future by unlocking the energy in discarded plastics and enabling a more circular economy.


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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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