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Wildfire Danger Growing in the Pinelands

NJ Sierra Club reports - A wildfire that engulfed nearly 12,000 acres of the Pinelands has been reported contained. No injuries or property damage were reported. The blaze that consumed 18 square miles of Penn State Forest serves as a fresh reminder of the danger of wildfires and the role that the failings of state policies continue to play in increasing that danger. “We are glad that the fire is under control and no one was hurt, but this is a reminder of the dangers of wildfires. These fires may be naturally occurring, but the larger fires in the Pines are becoming worse and more frequent. This is because of climate change and over-pumping of aquifers leading to drier and…
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New Jersey Strong Water Disasters – Trenton Water Lead Toxic Flow

Hamilton, NJ: Watch video of Trenton Water Works 2019 educational water contamination Hamilton Twp public meeting and 2016 Trenton public school press conference . During the HAMILTON TOWNSHIP COUNCIL May 7, 2013, Hamilton resident Ms. Elaine Candelori of Stewart Street stated that she is a recipient of a recent letter sent by Trenton Water Works and is deeply concerned about the toxic chemicals within the water. When she contacted the EPA about the matter, the advice given to her was that maybe she should drink some of the water and then some bottled water; she had to wonder what kind of people are working at EPA. She asked the Council what was being done about this matter. She asked if…
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Man Made & Natural Disasters

Water Disasters – New Environmental Lawsuits Focused on Contamination Allegedly Linked to DuPont, Chemours, 3M State Seeking Natural Resource Damages Related to PFAS Contamination, Other Pollutants

NJ Attorney General report TOTOWA, NJ – Continuing the State’s commitment to holding polluters accountable, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today the filing of four new Natural Resource Damage (NRD) lawsuits. Two of the lawsuits focus on contamination allegedly caused by facilities owned by Delaware-based DuPont de Nemours and Co. and a chemical manufacturing company DuPont spun off in 2015, Chemours Co. The other two complaints name DuPont and Chemours as defendants as well, but they also name Minnesota-based 3M—the nation’s primary manufacturer of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Each lawsuit asserts claims under both the State’s Water Pollution Control Act and its Spill Compensation and Control…
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ICE ERO Newark removes foreign nationals wanted for aggravated murder, criminal affiliation, violence against woman

ICE reports NEWARK, NJ — Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced that it removed two foreign nationals wanted for violent crimes in their home countries. This included a Salvadoran national wanted in his home country for aggravated murder and affiliation with criminal organizations and a Guatemalan national wanted in his home country for violence against a woman. Yermin Alexander Diaz-Chavarria, a Salvadoran national, was arrested by Border Patrol August 23, 2015, at Hidalgo Texas, for entering the country illegally. In 2017,  El Salvador issued a warrant of arrest for Diaz for aggravated murder and affiliation with criminal organizations. On Feb. 13, 2018, Diaz did not appear for his immigration court hearing, and an immigration judge…
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ICE FIELDS – Authorities seize approximately 3,200 pounds of cocaine at Port of New York / Newark NJ Border. Largest find in 25 Years

NEWARK, NJ: ICE reports – On Feb. 28, approximately 3,200 lbs. of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $77,000,000, was seized at the Port of New York/Newark in a joint operation involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Joint Task Force East (JTF-E), the Coast Guard (USCG), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the New York Police Department (NYPD), and the New York State Police (NYSP). An examination of a shipping container entering the United States revealed 60 packages containing a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for ; This apprehension is the second largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark, and the largest in nearly 25 years. “Transnational Criminal Organizations…
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BPU Punts on Stay of SRL Pinelands Pipeline

Trenton, NJ: Sierra Club NJ reports - The Board of Public Utilities today deferred action on an effort by the New Jersey Sierra Club, Docket No. GO15040403, to obtain a stay blocking ongoing construction of the Southern Reliability Link pipeline. The pipeline proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas would cut 28 miles across environmentally sensitive areas of the Pinelands. “We asked BPU to do their job by putting a stay on construction of the Southern Reliability Link. Instead they punted on protecting the environment and ratepayers from a dangerous and unnecessary pipeline. NJNG has already been digging up people’s lawns in neighborhoods of Ocean County and is approaching environmentally sensitive and scenic area of the Pinelands in Manchester. NJNG is…
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Rev Jesse Jackson Honored

Newark, NJ: NJSP reports - Colonel Patrick Callahan attended a dinner hosted by Reverend David Jefferson and the City of Newark to honor Reverend Jesse Jackson at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark. Distinguished guests and speakers had an opportunity to show their appreciation for Reverend Jackson's life-long work as a civil rights activist. During the ceremony, Mayor Ras Baraka also presented Reverend Jackson with the key to the city Reverend Jackson was grateful for the strong relationships he has in New Jersey and acknowledged the dedication of the community leaders throughout the State. He also stated that we must have faith that the strong foundations we lay today will make for a better tomorrow. Everyone in attendance was treated to…
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Bald Eagles Fly the Garden State

Relocated from Canada in the 1980's to Dividing Creek, NJ, Bald Eagles are now seen throughout the State. WATCH VIDEO Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Bald Eagle Project, 2018 Prepared by: Larissa Smith and Kathleen E. Clark. Larry Herrighty, Director John Heilferty, Chief Endangered and Nongame Species Program NJDEP report – The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) biologists, Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) staff, and volunteer observers located and monitored bald eagle nests and territories. Two hundred-four nest sites were monitored during the nesting season, of which 185 were documented to be active (with eggs) and 19 were territorial or housekeeping pairs. Thirty new eagle pairs were found this season, 20 in the south, nine in…
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Innovative Cybersecurity Competition Opens to NJ High School and College Students

TRENTON, NJ — On February 19, Governor Philip D. Murphy encouraged young women in New Jersey’s high schools to take advantage of an opportunity to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by trying to solve the challenges of the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program. Previous knowledge and experience in information technology or cybersecurity are not needed to participate. A computer and internet connection are the only requirements to take part in this program, which comes at no cost for schools and students. Open to female high school students, the Girls Go CyberStart initiative encourages participants to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cybersecurity skills, and build confidence in problem solving. Students will also have the opportunity to…
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Imerys Talc America mine declares bankruptcy over J & J Baby Powder asbestos lawsuits

Talc Ludlow, VT: The “world’s leading talc producer”, Imerys Talc America, will continue to mine premium talc at its Vermont mines as bankruptcy proceeds due to mesothelioma lawsuit losses. talc and fragrance. Photo by Stanley Brick (c) 2019. Imerys Talc and pharma giant Johnson and Johnson of New Brunswick, NJ were ordered to pay $117 million in damages after a jury found their popular baby powder product contained asbestos that caused cancer. Plaintiff convinced a jury that mesothelioma developed after years of using their product. Vermont is the second largest producer of talc in the United Strong, vtstrong ----------------------------------------------- (Reuters) – Shares of Johnson & Johnson () fell 10 percent on Friday and were on track to post their biggest percentage…
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e-cigarette Disaster Middle High School Users Surge! Progress Erased: Youth Tobacco Use Increases

Increased from 20 percent in 2017 to 28 percent in 2018 among current high school million middle and high school students used tobacco products in 2018. “The skyrocketing growth of young people’s e-cigarette use over the past year threatens to erase progress made in reducing youth tobacco use. It’s putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, “Despite this troubling trend, we know what works and we must continue to use proven strategies to protect America’s youth from this preventable health risk. Youth use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe.” Robert Redfield, , CDC Director CDC reports ;– About million middle and high school students were current users (used in the past 30…
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“Alyssa’s Law”, requiring all NJ public schools to install silent panic alarms, signed into law

TRENTON, NJ: ;– Governor Phil Murphy today signed A764, also known as “Alyssa’s Law”, requiring all New Jersey public schools to install silent panic alarms that will alert law enforcement during emergencies such as an active shooter, or to employ an alternative emergency mechanism approved by the Department of Education. “Alyssa’s Law” will become a state requirement for all public elementary and secondary schools. This law is in memory of Alyssa Alhadeff, a New Jersey native from Woodcliff Lake who was among the 17 people that were killed in the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last ;“Alyssa’s death is a stark reminder of the dangers of gun violence and the need for adequate school security measures,” said Governor Murphy. “In New…
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2018 NJ State Trooper of the Year

Trooper Conducted 103 Criminal Investigations that led to more than 300 Arrests. West Trenton, : NJSP reports ;- Earlier today, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal andColonel Patrick Callahan announced that Trooper Keith Ashley, of Troop “C” Hamilton Station, is the recipient of the 2018 Trooper of the Year Award for spearheading 103 criminal investigations, which resulted in the arrest of more than 300 suspects for a variety of offenses including child endangerment, evidence tampering, narcotics possession and distribution, and weapons possession during a one-year period. Trooper Ashley conducted complex and thorough investigations, often working cooperatively with members of the Troop “C” Criminal Investigation Office, the Troop “C” Strategic Initiative Unit, the Crime Suppression Unit, and the Gangs and Organized Crime ; As a…
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NJOHSP Releases 2019 Terrorism Threat Assessment

HAMILTON, NJ ­— Director Jared M. Maples of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) unveiled the 2019 Terrorism Threat Assessment detailing the threat landscape throughout the State. The assessment provides information regarding the activity of homegrown violent extremists (HVEs), domestic terrorists, and international terrorists, as well as cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats to first responders. The 2019 assessment is NJOHSP’s 12th edition and will drive the strategic direction of the State’s counterterrorism efforts in the year to come. “The threats to New Jersey and around the country are constantly evolving, and we have had to adapt our methods of prevention and response,” said Director ;“NJOHSP remains dedicated to being at the forefront of intelligence analysis in the physical and…
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning More Common During Winter

(NEWARK, – January 29, 2019) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, cautions that while carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a year-round threat, it is more common in cold weather when more fuel-burning appliances are in use. PSE&G urges customers to take extra preventative measures this winter to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and maintain a heightened awareness of the ;CO is odorless, tasteless and can be deadly. Small amounts of CO are in the air whenever fuel such as oil, natural gas, coal or wood burns. These small amounts usually are not harmful. However, if a heating system or chimney is not working properly, too much CO can build up in the air and cause carbon…
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CO poisoning is entirely preventable

CDC reports - The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms. CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by learning the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it. CO Poisoning Prevention Tips Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector, buy one your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every vents and flues free of debris. Debris can block ventilation leave the…
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