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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  • 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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  • February 28, 2022

    DEP Establishes a New ISGWQC for ClPFPECAs

    On January 18, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published a public notice stating that a new Interim Specific Ground Water Quality Criterion (ISGWQC) of 0.002 micrograms per liter (2 parts per trillion) for chloroperfluoropolyether carboxylates (ClPFPECAs) has been established. 


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  • January 31, 2022

    NJPDES FY2022 Fees Increase By 27.6% Compared To 2020

    On January 18, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published a public notice regarding the FY2022 Annual Fee Report and Assessment of Fees for the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit program.


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  • January 31, 2022

    SRRA 2.0 Update

    As a follow-up to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)’s Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) 2.0 stakeholder meeting held on December 1, 2021, CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) submitted a letter to Site Remediation & Waste Management Program Assistant Commissioner Mark Pedersen.


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  • December 23, 2021

    CCNJ Announces Monday Keynote Speakers For 37th Annual Conference

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey will once again gather at the Ocean Resort & Casino on May 2 and 3, 2022, for its 37th Annual Conference.


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  • December 23, 2021

    NJDEP Publishes NJPACT Rule Proposal On CO2 Emissions

    On December 6, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Division of Air Quality published a rule proposal in the New Jersey Register regarding the control and prohibition of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


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  • December 23, 2021

    2021 Year End Review

    <p>After 19 months of working remotely, the entire CCNJ staff is back working from our offices in Trenton. We continue to adjust as needed to the requirements set forth by the state and CDC to address the public health emergency, but we remain focused on being strong and effective advocates for our membership.</p>


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  • December 23, 2021

    DWQI December 8th Meeting Recap

    The Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) recently held a meeting on December 8 that focused on cyanotoxins. 


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  • December 23, 2021

    SRRA 2.0 Update

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) held a Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) 2.0 stakeholder meeting on December 1, 2021, to discuss potential regulatory amendments to the permitting process.


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  • November 30, 2021

    CCNJ Welcomed An Additional 4 Members Since January: 1 Regular and 3 Associate Members

    In 2021, CCNJ welcomed a total of seven new members, including an additional four since our last update in January.


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  • November 30, 2021

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey’s Lame Duck Priority Bills

    The New Jersey Legislature is currently in its lame duck legislative session. The lame duck legislative session runs from now until Monday, January 10, 2022. The new legislature gets sworn-in on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and with that the new legislative session begins.


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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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