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Appellate Court sends Highlands permit for sewage discharge back to the DEP

In a long-running story for EELC and friends of Rockaway Creek, EELC Executive Director and attorney Aaron Kleinbaum won a major victory in court in the effort to prevent a sewage disposal plant from discharging into a wild trout stream in the Highlands.    “This is a significant victory for water quality in the Highlands […]

Smart meters and AMI unanimously approved by NJ Board of Public Utilities

Calling Rockland Electric’s proposal for smart meters and Advanced Metering Infrastructure “revolutionary” and “a future we have to embrace,” Commissioner Fiordaliso joined his fellow Board of Public Utilities members in unanimously approving the utility’s plan to provide 74,000 customers near-real-time data on their electrical usage.  EELC represented the Environmental Defense Fund and worked with the […]

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Client Feature: NJCF scientist Emile DeVito stewards the Pine Barrens

  “I’ll have to call you back. I’m rushing an injured snake to the lab.” Emile DeVito, Manager of Science and Stewardship at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF), had just finished cleaning up yet another pile of garbage illegally dumped in the New Jersey Pine Barrens when I called.  Hiding among the debris was […]

State Judge bars Mahwah Hunt & Polo Club from participating in Township’s complaint against Ramapoughs

  UPDATE: EELC attorneys Aaron Kleinbaum and Raghu Murthy are in court defending the Ramapough against municipal summonses alleging that they have violated the zoning code by constructing teepees on their property.  Teepee summonses amount to harassment, Ramapough attorney argues. _____________________________ The Ramapough Lenape Nation – a State-recognized Tribe that owns land in Mahwah, NJ […]

EELC requests FERC hold evidentiary hearing on PennEast project

On Friday, in response to PennEast’s request for FERC to expedite project review, EELC renewed its own request to FERC for a hearing on the proposed Project.  EELC represents New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, who oppose the controversial PennEast Pipeline because it has not demonstrated any public benefits. Many others agree – including the […]

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EELC helps broker agreement between Bergen SWAN and Suez Water Company

Last month, EELC helped Bergen SWAN negotiate two agreements with the Suez Water Company, which protect the environment and protect the quality of the Oradell Reservoir’s drinking water supply. The first agreement involves Suez’s proposed sale of its former headquarters property in Harrington Park. Both the north and south sides of the property border the […]

EELC fights in courts for flood ordinances and public waterfront in Hoboken

Waterfront communities throughout New Jersey are debating how they can protect themselves from the type of high-level flooding and tidal surges they experienced with Hurricane Sandy as they plan for climate change and the increasing storms and sea level rise it brings. Hoboken, with piers and development directly on the tidal Hudson River, has been in the […]

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EELC appeals Pinelands pipeline: no public need and local processes circumvented

In a brief filed recently on behalf of the Sierra Club,  EELC charges that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities ignored state and local laws when it approved a proposal for a New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline in the Pinelands. According to EELC Senior Staff Attorney, Raghu Murthy, the BPU short-circuited the local approval […]

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NJDEP undervalues wetlands in the Pinelands; EELC stops planned superstore

  On January 30th, in a victory for both environmental advocates and for the New Jersey Pinelands, the New Jersey state appeals court remanded a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) decision which failed to adequately protect a critical wetland habitat in Manchester Township, part of the Pinelands National Reserve.  Aaron Kleinbaum, EELC Executive […]

PennEast pipeline threatens farms

UPDATE (April 10, 2017): On Friday, April 7, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final environmental impact statement for the PennEast pipeline. For more on this latest development, read our press release here.   Recent articles: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/land-environment/2017/04/07/penneast-step-closer-approval-groups-plan-sue/100176130/   https://www.law360.com/articles/911159/ferc-gives-final-enviro-statement-to-1b-penneast-pipeline   When people think of New Jersey, rolling hills, horse pastures, and 18th-century colonial homes are not […]

Power plant in Newark lacks emergency plan

From major spills to small leaks, emergency response plans provide the public with a roadmap to safety. You wouldn’t board a plane without oxygen masks or a cruise ship without life jackets. But what happens when danger lurks and there are no emergency procedures in place?  That’s the issue facing Newark’s Ironbound residents because the Newark Energy […]

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EELC Addresses Health Issues From Bayonne Bridge Raising

The raising of the Bayonne Bridge is causing environmental health impacts in NJ and NY port communities. As a result from the $1.3 Billion bridge project by the Port Authority of NY & NJ, more diesel trucks will be driving through these neighborhoods causing more air pollution. Check out what EELC and its partners are […]