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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  • 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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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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