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NJ Water Disasters – Permit Extension/Zombie Builders Bill Released from Senate Budget Committee

Trenton, NJ: via Sierra Club of NJ. A bill to extend the expiration date of certain permits for one year in Superstorm Sandy-impacted counties was released out of the Senate Budget Committee yesterday. The legislation called A3617 (Green)/S2390 (Sarlo) would allow development permits to move forward, many in areas that flood or have become vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surges.  Instead of writing new laws to protect people and property better or strengthening our existing laws to…
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Fairness Formula will provide equal education funding for every pupil

Trenton, NJ: from the Office of the Governor of the Great State of New Jersey. JOIN THE MOVEMENT. The Fairness Formula: Equal Funding for Every Child, Our Path to Lower Property Taxes. Governor Christie’s Fairness Formula solution to New Jersey’s two most pressing crises that are hurting all New Jerseyans: the failure of urban education and property taxes. The Governor’s monumental c throughout the state, valuing every child equally. 75% of all New Jersey districts…
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Budget will Raid More Money from Clean Energy and DEP

Trenton, NJ: via Sierra Club NJ. Today we found out that the Democrats’ proposed budget, A4000/S17, takes another $19,972,000 from the Clean Energy Fund for Parks Management. It also cuts the DEP budget by $57,447,00. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, released the following statement: “We thought Christie’s budget was bad enough but now the Democrats are cutting the DEP by another $57 million. What’s even is worse…
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Statehouse Bill to Make Bomb Train Routes Safer

Trenton, NJ: via Sierra Club of NJ:Today the Sierra Club is joining Senator Weinberg to support her bill S806 (Weinberg). The legislation requires operators carrying Bakken crude shipments to have discharge response, cleanup, and contingency plans to transport certain hazardous materials by rail. Previous Bakken train derailments have led to train cars setting on fire, homes being destroyed, forced evacuations of entire towns, threatened water supplies, and human casualties. “We…
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DEP Gives PSEG Salem Plant Permit to Kill Billions More Fish

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a final New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit for PSEG’s Salem 1 and 2 plants. The permit allows them to keep the plant running the same way it has been, without cooling towers, for another five years. The present cooling system is responsible for killing 3 billion fish a year, including endangered Atlantic and Bottlenose Sturgeon, a number…
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NJ Water Disasters – State Police Test Lower Atlantic Peninsula Evacuation

Cape May, NJ 6/8/2016: State Police are testing evacuation route of high density built and populated lower Atlantic SeaCoast town of Cape May. Trenton, NJ: Sierra NJ speaks at StateHouse steps regarding NJ Water Disasters. See news video on State House News:  
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NJ Flood Rules Weaker Than The Storm – State House News

Statehouse News:  NJ Sierra speaks out at Statehouse Steps. NJ weakens flood rules. See video on  Pictured: (Top) Tropical Storm Irene devastated the Vermont Green Mountain Thrust and Appalachian Highlands in 5 hours causing landslides, downhill and valley rapids flooding some homes into the second story, washing out historic well built covered bridges and new steel bridges and highways, homes, businesses and wildlife. (Bottom) New Jersey lower Atlantic coastal homes…
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$70.5 million and 494 grants, Robin Hood Sandy Relief Fund allocates 100%

New York, NY – April 9, 2013 – Robin Hood has announced that 100% of the funds it has raised for Hurricane Sandy Relief – $ million – has been allocated; this amounts to more than $450,000 in grants made every day since Hurricane Sandy struck. All told, The Robin Hood Relief Committee has made 494 Sandy-related grants to 391 organizations in the tri-state area that are helping our neighbors…
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Sierra Club NJ Applauds PSE&G Solar Expansion, They Should Do More

We Applaud PSE&G Solar Expansion, They Should Do More. Sierra Club release: PSE&G has announced a plan that would add 100 megawatts of solar power to the grid, which is enough to serve about 16,000 homes. The company estimates the new solar farms could create 575 new jobs for electricians, carpenters, engineers and laborers. PSE&G have eight solar farms already throughout the state and typically build them on brownfield sites…
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New Jersey Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIL

West New York, NJ 5/10/2016: A man today was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey and Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher of the FBI’s…
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Militants residing in the US urged on Facebook to attack US-based universities

AQIS is an Islamist militant group which aims to fight the governments of Pakistan, India, Myanmar, and Bangladesh and to establish an Islamic state. The group has stated its intent to attack US targets on the Indian subcontinent.   The threat to New Jersey from AQIS is low. However, in March 2016, a Bangladeshi pro-AQIS Facebook page urged militants residing in the US to attack US-based universities involved in designing…
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Advances in NJ Cybersecurity Legislation

Over the past six months, cybersecurity bills impacting residents of New Jersey were introduced at both the federal and state levels.  These bills highlight the continued efforts to improve information sharing and cybersecurity practices at the federal, state, and local levels. NJ A311: Disclosure of Security Breach  On April 7, 2016 the New Jersey General Assembly unanimously passed NJ A311, a bill  requiring any organization maintaining online accounts for consumers…
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DEP Sides with Holgate Developers Over Protecting Our Coast

The NJDEP has made an amendment to the wetlands boundary of a section of Long Beach Island to allow development in an area prone to flooding. The CAFRA amendment changes the boundaries and coastal wetland maps, which was written by builders and owners of the site to develop the property. Wetlands act as an important part of flood protection and help reduce the flood hazard level. These wetlands also protect…
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Travel Alert Europe

The US State Department has alerted US citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIS. US citizens are urged to exercise vigilance when in public places and when using mass transportation, particularly during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.
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NEW JERSEY OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND PREPAREDNESS HOSTS 10th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

West Windsor, NJ: The NJOHSP 10-Year Anniversary Conference brought together federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, government officials, and private-sector partners and provided a forum to address the most pressing issues that continue to test our State and country. “I was pleased to welcome over 600 of our partners to this important event and thank them for their collective efforts in keeping our citizens safe and secure in an often…
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Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) that found the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) failed to property administer Hurricane Sandy’s National Flood Insurance Program

WASHINGTON, – Senator Bob Menendez today reacted a report by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) that found the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) failed to property administer the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. “The OIG Report once again confirms what I exposed nearly two years ago — that FEMA failed to adequately oversee the private flood insurance companies…
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