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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  • August 17, 2020

    NJDEP’s New Health RSW for Air Permit Applications

    On July 1, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) released a new version of the Risk Screening Worksheet (RSW).


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  • August 17, 2020

    Update: CCNJ/SRIN Effort on NJDEP Remediation Standards Rule Proposal

    On August 4, 2020, CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) submitted comments on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)’s Remediation Standards Rule Proposal, which was published in the April 6, 2020 New Jersey Register.


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  • June 30, 2020

    Michael Heltzer of BASF Corporation Elected Chairperson of the Board

    At the June 19, 2020 meeting of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey’s Board of Directors, Michael Heltzer, head of State Government Affairs for BASF Corporation, was elected chairperson, succeeding Leslie Waller, director of Chemistry, Energy & Environmental Industry, Americas for Messer Americas, who completed her term as chairperson, and will now serve as immediate past chairperson.


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  • June 30, 2020

    Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith Introduces Recycled Content Bill

    The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith recently introduced 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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  • June 30, 2020

    CCNJ Launches Virtual Events: Government Affairs Edition & Webinars

    CCNJ, like many associations, has had to reimagine how it keeps members updated and informed regarding state and industry issues during these challenging times.  With most in-person events still prohibited, and with companies placing travel restrictions on employees, CCNJ decided to launch CCNJ Virtual Events. 


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  • June 30, 2020

    NJDEP Publishes Adopted PFOA/PFOS Rules in New Jersey Register

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted amendments to various rules focused on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) on March 31, 2020 and published these rule adoptions in the New Jersey Register on June 1, 2020.


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  • May 29, 2020

    Since January, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey has Welcomed Six New Member Companies: 4 Regular and 2 Associate

    CCNJ continues to make a concerted effort to identify and recruit new members in what is a dwindling industry landscape in New Jersey.


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  • May 29, 2020

    NJDEP Regulatory Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

    On May 18, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, Department) hosted a virtual meeting with CCNJ Regular and Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) members to discuss the actions taken by the NJDEP to address regulatory issues during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.


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  • April 30, 2020

    CCNJ Submits Preliminary Comments On OHSP Title 13 Public Access

    In mid-April, CCNJ submitted preliminary comments on the draft proposed Title 13 Public Access regulations presented by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) at the March 30, 2020 stakeholder meeting via Webinar.  OHSP must adopt rules “to designate facilities that, for homeland security reasons, require exclusion of the public from the tidal waters or adjacent shorelines located at those facilities”, as mandated by the Legislature in May 2019.


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  • March 31, 2020

    DEP Seeks Input From Stakeholders On NJPACT HFC Reporting Rulemaking

    As a follow-up to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Monitoring and Reporting Rules stakeholder meeting held by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on February 21, 2020, a virtual meeting specifically focused on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) reporting was held on March 26, 2020.


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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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