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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  • 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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  • November 30, 2021

    New Jersey 2021 Elections Yield Unexpected Results

    Only two states, New Jersey and Virginia, held gubernatorial elections on November 2<sup>nd</sup> of this year. 


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  • November 30, 2021

    New Legislative Session May Bring New Challenges to CCNJ

    As we enter the lame duck session of the New Jersey Legislature, CCNJ staff continues to remain engaged as several issues concerning to our membership may move in these final weeks; however, some legislators have already begun to introduce new measures that may be considered in the new legislative session.


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  • November 30, 2021

    2022/2023 Legislation Update: Senator Bob Smith and Assemblyman James Kennedy Introduce Legislation Which Requires Product Stewardship Plans

    While the New Jersey Legislature is currently in its lame duck session, a recent bill introduction has piqued the interest of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) government affairs staff. Assembly Bill 6051 (Kennedy D-22) and Senate Bill 3853 (Smith D-17), which would require producers of packaging products sold in New Jersey to adopt and implement packaging product stewardship plans.


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  • November 30, 2021

    37th Annual Conference Call For Presentations—Due December 10, 2021

    The 37th Annual Conference will take place May 2-3, 2022, at The Ocean Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Many attendees at the last conference approached staff with presentation ideas and speaker suggestions for the May conference, so we thought it would be a suitable time to make our call for presentation form live.


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  • October 29, 2021

    Ashland And GES Receive CCNJ’s Highest Honor At The 36th Annual Conference

    For the last 25 years, not including 2020, CCNJ has honored a Regular Member company with the Chairperson’s Award, which recognizes a Regular Member that demonstrates excellence and commitment to community, customer, shareholder, and employee expectations in the areas of safety, health, and environmental performance.  Most importantly, the award recognizes a Regular Member company that demonstrates commitment to the overall success of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey.


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  • October 29, 2021

    CCNJ Appoints Elvin Montero Deputy Executive Director, Promotes Ed Waters To Senior Director

    Earlier this month, Dennis Hart, CCNJ executive director, and Michael Heltzer, chairman of the Board of Trustees, announced the promotions of long-time employees Elvin Montero and Ed Waters.  "Both Elvin and Ed have demonstrated fantastic leadership and dedication to the betterment of our association, and we are recognizing their contributions with these promotions and new responsibilities within the CCNJ," said Heltzer.


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  • October 29, 2021

    Maximizing The Power Of Mobile To Manage Emergency Response

    Organizational leaders have many competing priorities. Reviewing a recent National Association for Environmental Managers’ survey for the reasons companies adopt emerging technologies for Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) – the top three are very familiar to us. The top responses included Risk Reduction, Safety Improvements, and Regulatory Compliance. Aligning your efforts as EHS professionals to these goals raises the chances of success for your initiatives.


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  • October 29, 2021

    37th Annual Conference Call For Presentations—Due December 10, 2021

    Even though the more than 175 people who attended the 36th Annual Conference this past week are still talking about the great conference held earlier this week, planning for the next conference is already underway.


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  • September 30, 2021

    CCNJ Announces COVID-19 Safety Protocol For 36th Annual Conference on October 25-26 in Atlantic City

    The CCNJ Board of Directors at their last meeting, with CCNJ staff support, decided that for the upcoming in-person conference CCNJ staff will rely on the honesty of its members to protect the health and safety of our guests and registrants, and will not require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test (72-hours prior to the event) to attend the conference.


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  • September 30, 2021

    State of New Jersey Responds To Industry’s Challenge Of State’s PFAS Limits

    Last month, the state of New Jersey filed its brief in the state-court challenge, and as expected, the state argued that its 2020 drinking water and groundwater standards did not violate state administrative requirements, and that the standards were indeed based on research and science used for years by the NJDEP.


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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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