1/1/19-Atlantic City Rail Line to Reopen in Early 2019

Atlantic City Rail Line to Reopen in Early 2019

December 27, 2018 |njbiz.com 

New Jersey Transit plans to reopen the Atlantic City Rail Line in early 2019 pending the review and approval of a submission to the Federal Railroad Administration to extend the deadline for the implementation of positive train control to Dec. 31, 2020.

NJ SEED recognizes that the ACRL is an important part of the state’s transportation infrastructure and to the tourism industry. The sooner the line is safely reopened, the better.

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1/1/19- Ørsted Submits Bid to Build NJ’s First Offshore Wind Farm

 Ørsted Submits Bid to Build NJ’s First Offshore Wind Farm

December 31, 2018 |njbiz.com 

Danish energy company Ørsted submitted a bid Friday to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to build an offshore wind farm in response to the first offshore wind request for proposal under Gov. Phil Murphy’s clean energy agenda. Ørsted said its proposed Ocean Wind project will be located 15 miles off Atlantic City and create up to 1,000 jobs per year for two to three years of construction, and an additional 100 permanent jobs to support the 25-year life of a typical wind project.

NJ SEED acknowledges that wind farms are in NJ’s near future but we wonder if, unlike other states with Renewable Energy Standards (RES) who do not require verification of CO2 reduction, will NJ require it.

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1/1/19- Local Airports to Receive 18 All-Electric Buses

 Local Airports to Receive 18 All-Electric Buses

December 28, 2018 |njbiz.com 

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will add 18 new all-electric buses to its three major airports within the next six months to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. The agency says this is the first step in replacing all 36 current diesel regular shuttle buses over the next three years. Six buses have been delivered to Newark Liberty International Airport and are scheduled to be in operation in early 2019

NJ SEED applauds this action by the PA and looks forward to the time when its current fleet of 36 diesel-fueled buses will be replaced.

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12/18/18- Revised Draft of NJ Transit Reform Bill on Track, Ready for Gov. Murphy to Green-Light

 Revised Draft of NJ Transit Reform Bill on Track, Ready for Gov. Murphy to Green-Light

December 11, 2018 |njspotlight.com

More than a year after lawmakers first put forward a bill to overhaul the way New Jersey Transit operates, they appear to have a version that can win Gov. Phil Murphy’s approval. The latest draft of a lengthy NJ Transit reform bill was recently released by a key legislative committee, putting the measure back on track to arrive on the governor’s desk before the end of the year.

NJ SEED recognizes that a safe and efficiently run commuter transit system is important to NJ’s economy.  We look forward to enactment and implementation of the transit reform legislation.

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12/18/18-Warnings That a Trump Administration Change to Clean Water Act Would be Bad for NJ Rivers

 Warnings That a Trump Administration Change to Clean Water Act Would be Bad for NJ Rivers

December 12, 2018 |njspotlight.com

A proposal by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army would repeal a 2015 Obama-administration rule that extended protections to small streams, wetlands and intermittent waterways in what critics called a classic case of regulatory overreach. NJ DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe said the rule will severely limit the number of wetlands and waterways protected by the Clean Water Act, penalizing states that prioritize clean water and public health.

NJ SEED, a strong advocate for clean water, especially drinking water, is well acquainted with NJ DEP’s long history of regulatory overreach and suggests the NJDEP response be viewed with that in mind.

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