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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 […]

Development Threatens Pine Snake Habitat

EELC appeared before judges Parrillo, Harris, and Guadagno at New Jersey’s Appellate Court in the first series of oral arguments concerning the NJDEP’s approval of a permit on April 18, 2012, granting developer Jaylin Holdings, LLC (the “applicant”) the right to construct a Walmart Supercenter (the “project”) in Toms River, New Jersey. At the hearings, […]

EELC and Bergen SWAN enlarge Ramapo Mountain Area

The Eastern Environmental Law Center represented Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network (Bergen SWAN) in acquiring land to help prevent fragmentation of the Ramapo Valley County Reservation.  EELC has been assisting Bergen SWAN to preserve open space in Bergen County. This acquisition is the first of several planned by The Land Conservancy within the Ramapo Mountain […]

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EELC Settles Air Pollution Appeal against Hess

The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA), represented by EELC, settled an appeal opposing a Hess NEC, LLC (Hess) power plant air permit issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  The Hess power plant will be located in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ.  ICC and […]

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EELC and NRDC File Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Coalition for Healthy Ports Against the Raising of the Bayonne Bridge

Citing repeated failures to assess evidence about the enormous hazards to public health of the plan to raise the Bayonne Bridge—elevated levels of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma in New Jersey and exposure to arsenic, lead, asbestos and PCBs in Staten Island–a coalition of organizations representing communities in Newark and Staten Island surrounding the […]

The Washington Post Addresses Newark Residents’ Concerns Regarding the Bayonne Bridge Expansion Project

Read the article below or click here to view it on The Washington Post website. By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post, Nay 5, 2013 The big trucks roar out of Port Newark like a beastly herd, snorting, grinding gears and belching exhaust as they rush through the predominantly black South Ward neighborhood. “In one hour, […]