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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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  • 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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  • March 6, 2020

    PRELIMINARY COMMENTS ON NJDEP NJPACT RULEMAKING EFFORT – PERIODIC MONITORING AND REPORTING OF NJ’S GHG EMISSIONS

    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 greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting rulemaking focus areas, as presented at the stakeholder meeting held on February 21, 2020.


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  • September 13, 2019

    COMMENTS: 2019 ENERGY MASTER PLAN – PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND AFFORDABILITY

    Chemistry Council of New Jersey

    Our members continue to be concerned with the high cost of energy in New Jersey.  In a CCNJ membership survey conducted during the months of June and July of 2018, respondents for the eleventh consecutive year, unanimously ranked energy costs as one of the top issues of concern facing their companies in New Jersey.  Energy is a vital component of our industry’s cost structure, and higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on both jobs and the bottom line of our member companies.  New Jersey’s industrial energy rates are still some of the highest in the nation, about 45% above the national average.  As large energy users, the state’s energy policies are of critical importance to our members.


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  • May 31, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO VARIOUS RULES, GROUND WATER QUALITY STANDARDS AND MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS FOR PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID AND PERFLUOROOCTANESULFONIC ACID

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) on the proposed amendments to various rules, including Discharges of Petroleum and Other Hazardous Substances (DPHS) Rules, Ground Water Quality Standards (GWQS) Rules, Private Well Testing Act (PWTA) Rules, Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Rules, and New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) Rules, for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) published in the New Jersey Register on April 1, 2019.


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Environment Related Chemunique Posts

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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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  • June 30, 2021

    CCNJ Submits Comments On NJDEP Rule Proposal For Fumigation and Air Toxics

    On June 1, 2021, CCNJ submitted comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on proposed amendments to various rules that mainly focuses on fumigants and fumigation operations.


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  • June 30, 2021

    Lame Duck Preview: Which Issues May Have Movement After The November Elections

    Now that the New Jersey Legislature is on summer break, there are several issues that are still unresolved. We will be working over the next several months on the following bills


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  • June 30, 2021

    CCNJ Submits Comments On NJDEP Fill Guidance

    On June 25, 2021, CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) submitted comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the draft revised “Fill Material Guidance for SRP Sites” document.


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  • June 30, 2021

    NJDEP NJPACT Update

    On June 17, 2021, CCNJ submitted comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on proposed amendments to “Advanced Clean Trucks Program and Fleet Reporting Requirements”. This was the first of several New Jersey Protecting Against Climate Threats (NJPACT) proposed rules expected following the NJDEP’s rulemaking stakeholder process held last year.


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  • May 28, 2021

    CCNJ Returns To Atlantic City For Annual Conference In October

    In less than 150 days, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey will meet, once again in person, for our 36<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference. The conference take place on Monday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at The Ocean Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.


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  • May 28, 2021

    NJDEP Publishes Rule Adoption Of Soil Remediation Standards

    On May 17, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Site Remediation & Waste Management Program published a Soil Remediation Standards (SRS) rule adoption in the New Jersey Register. The NJDEP adopted its April 6, 2020 SRS rule proposal with non-substantial changes only, and a courtesy copy of the adopted rule is posted here. Also on May 17, 2021, the NJDEP blasted a listserv with links and more information.


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  • May 28, 2021

    Bill Allowing Public Access To Rail Routes And Times Makes Its Way Through Legislature, Again

    The Chemistry Council of NJ has opposed Senate Bill 991, which requires owner or operator of certain trains to have discharge response, cleanup, and contingency plans to transport certain hazardous materials by rail; requires DEP to request bridge inspection reports from US DOT and other iterations of the bill for the last several legislative sessions. The most recent bill was recently released by the Senate Transportation Committee, on May 6<sup>th</sup>, and second referenced to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese (D-36) has introduced the Assembly companion bill,  Assembly Bill 5603.


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  • May 28, 2021

    NJDEP NJPDES PFAS Survey Update

    As a follow-up to the article featured in the March 2021 Chemuniqué, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has extended the deadline to complete a survey related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to June 16, 2021. The NJDEP’s original survey request was sent to all New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) Categories B and L permittees via an electronic letter dated March 17, 2021.


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  • April 30, 2021

    Understanding ESG: The Impact of ESG Investing in the Chemical Industry

    Following the publication of CCNJ’s Sustainability Statement, which reaffirms CCNJ’s commitment to environmental, social, and good corporate governance best practices, CCNJ members may be interested in the most recent terminology and thought leadership in the corporate sustainability space.


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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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