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

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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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  • March 26, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP SOIL REMEDIATION STANDARDS

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) would like to share our concerns regarding the upcoming New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) rule proposal that is expected to update various Soil Remediation Standards (SRS) and also change Impact to Ground Water (IGW) and Vapor Intrusion (VI) screening levels into remediation standards.


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  • March 22, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 23 GUIDANCE

    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 draft Environmental Justice (EJ) Executive Order No. 23 Guidance, dated December 17, 2018.


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  • February 15, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO AIR QUALITY RULES, GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS FUND & CO2 BUDGET TRADING PROGRAM

    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 the Air Quality rules included in two separate rule proposals published in the New Jersey Register on December 17, 2018.(DEP DOCKET NOS. 04-18-10 & 05-18-11, PROPOSAL NOS. PRN 2018-112 & PRN 2018-113)


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  • February 1, 2019

    COMMENTS: AIR TOXICS AND FUMIGATION ISSUES

    The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and the Chemistry Council of New Jersey/Site Remediation Industry Network (CCNJ/SRIN) (collectively, “Commenters”) submit preliminary comments on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) proposals on air toxics and fumigation standards, as presented in NJDEP’s stakeholder meeting on January 17, 2019.


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  • January 31, 2019

    POSITION PAPER:CCNJ OPPOSES SENATE BILL 1073 & ASSEMBLY BILL 2694

    This bill(s) would allow for the creation of a new county or municipal bureaucracy to manage stormwater utilities. There is little debate that this state already has too many facets of government on the municipal, county and state levels. CCNJ believes, despite being permissive, that this legislation would add an entirely new layer of governmental oversite, with unlimited taxing authority.


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Environment Related Chemunique Posts

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  • October 22, 2020

    CCNJ Joins Other Business Associations, Public Wastewater Utilities and 3M In Lawsuit Challenging New Jersey’s PFAS Regulations

    Earlier this month, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, trade and business associations, and publicly owned utilities filed a legal challenge to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) establishment of unrealistic and unsupportable regulations impacting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).


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  • October 22, 2020

    Join CCNJ Members On November 18 For How To Manage The Business and Technical Uncertainties of PFAS In the Environment

    As part of the CCNJ Virtual Workshop Series launched in May, Langan is sponsoring a special presentation that will look at the practical approaches for evaluating, investigating, and remediating contaminants of emerging concerns, most notably the PFAS family of contaminants.


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  • October 22, 2020

    Trinity Consultants’ Reminder: 2020 TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Due November 30

    This year is a reporting year for the Chemical Data Reporting (<a href="http://www2.epa.gov/chemical-data-reporting">CDR</a>) program under the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Since this report is due only once every four years, reporting triggers and obligations are commonly misunderstood. The intent of TSCA CDR is to enable EPA to maintain a complete inventory of all chemical substances in commerce in the U.S., how those substances are used, and who is exposed to those substances so that they can make better decisions on what substances merit additional study for health or ecosystem risks.


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  • October 22, 2020

    Chairman Bob Smith Looks To Amend Senate Bill 2515 To Align With California Standards

    Recently, Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith made a public announcement that he was working with the NJDEP to amend Senate Bill 2515, which establishes recycled content requirements for plastic containers, glass containers, paper carryout bags, reusable carryout bags made of plastic film, and plastic trash bags; prohibits sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging.


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  • October 22, 2020

    Recap: September 30, 2020 DWQI Meeting

    On September 30, 2020, the Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) held a virtual public meeting focused on 1,4-dioxane.


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  • September 30, 2020

    Dennis Hart To Governor Murphy: Conditional Veto S864

    Banning polystyrene food containers is bad public policy and bad for struggling businesses.


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  • September 30, 2020

    Senate Bill 2515 Seeks To Create a Marketplace For Recycled Plastic Containers

    New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith (D-17) has introduced legislation which will require plastic containers to contain a percentage of recycled content. Senate Bill 2515 will also establish recycled content requirements for glass containers, paper carryout bags, reusable carryout bags made of plastic film, and plastic trash bags sold or offered for sale in the state and prohibit the sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging. Assembly Majority Conference Leader Annette Quijano has introduced the Assembly companion bill – Assembly Bill 4676.


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  • August 17, 2020

    CCNJ:  A Steady Advocate for New Jersey’s Chemistry Industry in Unsteady Times

    Dear Colleagues:<br /> I hope this message finds you well as we face the ongoing challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  It is because of these unusual circumstances that I want to state at the outset that the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) remains a member-centric organization focused on capably advocating for its members and the business of chemistry. 


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  • August 17, 2020

    CCNJ Seeks Amendments to Environmental Justice Legislation

    While the Chemistry Council of New Jersey agrees that there needs to be an open dialogue and cooperation between manufacturing facilities and the communities in which they operate, we are concerned that the latest versions of Senate Bill 232 and Assembly Bill 2212 lack the flexibility in the permitting process that business need to operate and expand in New Jersey. 


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  • August 17, 2020

    Governor Signs One Important Bill, Another Awaits His Signature

    Two bills that CCNJ has reported on in the Chemuniqué have now passed both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and while one still awaits the governor’s signature or veto, the other was recently signed into law


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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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