7/9/19-Ørsted’s Plan For Wind in NJ Promises to Aid Economic Development

Ørsted’s Plan For Wind in NJ Promises to Aid Economic Development

 July 2, 2019 | njspotlight.com 

One of the reasons the BPU awarded Ørsted the state’s first offshore-wind farm last month was the promise of economic-development benefits. The Danish developer may already be delivering on that promise, designating Paulsboro as the New Jersey fabrication facility for a German manufacturer of wind-turbine foundations.

NJ SEED: As NJ Continues its efforts to replace fossil-based fuels with “green energy” sources, proposed off-shore wind farms can produce significant land-based economic development and jobs for Jerseyans in addition to the promise of electric generation.

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7/9/19-Cleaning Up the Clean-Up Program

Cleaning Up the Clean-Up Program

After 10 years, the Site Remediation Reform Act is due for a tune-up

 July 8, 2019 | njbiz.com 

(E)ven the best laws must be tweaked occasionally and a bill updating the SRRA, Assembly Bill 5293, sailed through the Legislature and is now awaiting action by Gov. Phil Murphy. Most of the changes are relatively minor, but the measure includes enhanced legal protections for LSRPs, provides for greater transparency and clarifies the ability of the DEP to step and take control of remediation projects.

NJ SEED members Mike Egenton, Chamber of Commerce; Mike McGuiness, NAIOP; and Ray Cantor, NJBIA have all weighted in giving support to A5293. Cleaning up “brownfields” under SRRA has been and continues to be an important effort to make NJ a safer place in which to live and work 

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7/2/19-Minimum Wage Increase: What You Need to Know

Minimum Wage Increase: What You Need to Know

July 1, 2019 | njbiz.com 

Minimum wage is going up across the board in New Jersey July 1 under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed in February to increase the statewide hourly rate to $15 an hour by 2024.

NJ SEED  does not take positions on minimum wage legislation, but since it impacts many members and is of interest to them, we monitor and report on actions related to minimum wage.

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7/2/19-Impacts of PFAS Chemicals on Human Immune System Highlighted

Impacts of PFAS Chemicals on Human Immune System Highlighted

June 27, 2019 | njspotlight.com 

A new compilation of research into how toxic PFAS chemicals affect the human immune system finds suppressed immune function, lower vaccine effectiveness, hypersensitivity and greater risk of autoimmune diseases. But New Jersey panel won’t revisit its recommendations for strict limits on two of the chemicals.

NJ SEED  continues to monitor this issue as PFAS contaminants are a serious problem in NJ’s drinking water supply. We urge NJ DEP to continue its efforts in cooperation with the privet sector to resolve this very serious public health issue. 

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7/2/19-Lack of Engineer, Summer Schedule Create NJ Transit Frustration

Lack of Engineer, Summer Schedule Create NJ Transit Frustration

July 1, 2019 | njspotlight.com 

Transportation advocates focus should be put back on riders, who have already endured two summers of challenges

NJ SEED: Myriad problems facing NJ’s thousands of daily commuters are well documented, but solutions seem to evade. 

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