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On Sandy Anniversary Labor, Environmental Groups Warn State Officials of Toxic Threat. Seven years after Sandy, are we better prepared for a chemical spill, fire or explosion if a superstorm hits?

New Jersey Strong news Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Work Environmental Council (WEC) reports Labor, environmental and community organizations are urging state leaders to plan for toxic chemical spills and other emergencies associated with natural disasters to mark the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The worst natural disaster in New Jersey history, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc for millions and devastated record numbers of homes, businesses and schools.  Researchers are still evaluating long-term contaminant threats as they examine how Sandy’s deadly conditions spread oil, hazardous materials, and debris across Mid-Atlantic waterways resulting in compromised infrastructure, beach erosion and sediment disturbance on the coasts of New Jersey and New groups caution if another superstorm like Sandy hits, over 5,000 facilities comprising New Jersey’s…
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DAM Protest – Park Neighbors Rally to Stop Green Acres Overdevelopment

Hamilton, NJ: Friends of Dam Site 21 hold rally to stop over development of Mercer County Park system Watch Video: Hamilton, NJ: Friends of Dam 21 reports - Dam Site 21 was constructed in the 80’s as a flood control project. Upon completion it was turned over to Mercer County. You may know it as the “sledding hill” on Hughes Drive. About half of the area is located in Hamilton Township, and the other half split between Robbinsville and West Windsor. In 2019 Mercer County Park Commission hired Simone Collins Architecture to develop plans for a “passive water park” at Dam Site 21. After 2 meetings of public comment, Simone Collins revealed their plan. On the Hamilton side there are…
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Cannabis Vape Border States Hold Joint Summit

Green Cross Strong news New York, NY: NY Governor's Office reports Governors, Joined by Officials and Legislative Leaders from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Discuss Outlines of Joint Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Policies Governors Reach Set of Core Principles on Issues Related to Market Regulation and Empowerment; Public Health; Public Safety and Enforcement; and Vaping Best Practices Governor Phil Murphy speaks at the Regional Joint Summit on Marijuana and Vaping with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor Ned Lamont, and Governor Tom Wolf in Manhattan on Thursday, October 17, 2019 (Edwin J. Torres/ Governor’s Office) New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf…
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DEA to accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

WASHINGTON – With robust public participation over the course of 17 prior events, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative continues to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family members and visitors, including children and Saturday, October 26, in continuation of this effort, DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country. The service is free and the first time, DEA will now accept vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It is important to note that DEA cannot accept devices…
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WATER DISASTERS – Non Lead Trenton Flow Runs Through Suburbs linking Flu Like Symptoms, Legionella, Cancer, as it Mixes with Varying Local Fertilizer Insecticide Radium High Aqua Wells

Is Your Coffee, Restaurant, Bar, Drive Through, Public Building, Office or Home Filtering Drinking, cooking Water, and Ice Supply ? Legionnaires Disease, a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria. Signs and symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches. Capital County Hamilton NJ Mayor Demands Answers, Information from State Officials and Trenton Water Works on Chlorine Levels, Legionnaire’s ; Capital County Hamilton Hospital adds Capacity – Local Medical Infusion Center Operational. HAMILTON HEADLINES news Hamilton, NJ: Office of the Mayor reports Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede is demanding answers and more information from Governor Murphy, State officials and Trenton Water Works concerning reported low chlorine levels from Trenton Water Works and possible…
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WATER DISASTERS – New Efforts Announced to Ensure New Jersey Schools Have Access to Clean Water

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: Office of the Governor reports Efforts Include a Three-Pronged Approach to Enhance Lead Testing and RemediationBERGENFIELD – Governor Phil Murphy and Congressman Josh Gottheimer today announced several initiatives to strengthen the State’s response to lead testing and the remediation of elevated lead levels in drinking water in New Jersey schools to ensure all students have access to clean, safe Administration will implement a three-pronged approach to enhance key lead testing and remediation regulations and policies. The New Jersey Department of Education will strengthen its Safe Drinking Water regulations to require schools to test for lead every three years, rather than every six years, in order to ensure timely detection of elevated lead levels. These…
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Water Disasters – Passage of Federal Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act

New Jersey Strong news Trenton, NJ: Office of the Governor reports Statement by Governor Murphy - “Senator Cory Booker has been a steadfast leader in the fight for access to clean drinking water. His authorship of the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act, which was signed into law today, is a monumental step toward achieving that goal in New Jersey and across the nation. As our infrastructure ages, it is critical to have federal partners who will stand with our communities in pursuit of clean drinking water, a vital part in protecting the health and safety of all Americans. My Administration will continue to fight for clean, safe water in New Jersey, and I thank our congressional delegation for their commitment…
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NJOHSP Director Maples Testifies Before Congress on Efforts to Protect New Jersey’s Schools

NEW JERSEY STRONG news - NJOHSP reports WASHINGTON, DC – Director Jared M. Maples of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) testified before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery in Washington, DC, on September 26 to discuss progress in State efforts to secure schools. The hearing, “Engaging the Community: Perspectives on School Security,” provided updates on a variety of measures and initiatives by NJOHSP and its partners to protect students and staff throughout New Jersey. “Like many Americans, I am heartbroken by the alarming cycle of violent acts taking place in our nation’s schools. My subcommittee’s hearing was an opportunity for stakeholders, like the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security…
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New Jersey Strong Water Disasters – AQUA NOT ALERTING CONSUMERS of Toxic Trenton Water Works Flow into Toxic Aqua System

HEALTH CANCER WARNING   AQUA Hamilton Square Well Contamination Volatile Organic Compounds & Radionuclides Cancer Causing Gas before Trenton Water is added. Hamilton Headlines news – NJ DEP reports Toxic Trenton Water mixes into Aqua Hamilton service without notice. See PDF here regarding Aqua ; NJ DEP reports Source Water Assessment Summary – A State Review of Potential Contamination Sources Near Your Drinking Water The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has conducted an assessment of the water sources that supply each public water system in the state, including yours. The goal of this assessment was to measure each system’s susceptibility to contamination, not actual (if any) contamination measured in a water supply system. The assessment of your water system, the Aqua NJ – Hamilton Square System, involved: Identifying the…
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ICE FIELD INTERFERENCE – NJ AG Grewal Blocks ICE From Deputizing Local Law Enforcement to Perform Federal Criminal Enforcement

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: NJ Attorney General reports Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey ending the use of so-called “287(g) agreements,” which allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputize local law enforcement officers to perform federal civil immigration duties. NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal The order, which revises the “Immigrant Trust Directive” that Attorney General Grewal issued in November 2018, will have the practical effect of terminating the two 287(g) agreements still in effect in New Jersey, namely, those involving the Sheriff’s Offices in Monmouth and Cape May Counties. In issuing the revised Directive, Attorney General Grewal made clear that 287(g)…
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Water Disasters – Trenton Water Issues Boil Water Advisory 9-27

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: Trenton Water Works has issued a boil water advisory for Toxic Chlorine Failure. NOTE: During past press conferences, Trenton water stated that boiling water concentrates toxins in water. City of Trenton Trenton Water Works reports Trenton Water Works is advising residents in Trenton, Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, and Lawrence Township to boil your water until further notice. Chlorination levels (a water disinfection process) are too low due to an equipment malfunction in TWW’s water-distribution system. TWW personnel are working to rectify the ;      As a precaution, TWW is implementing a Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory. Effective immediately and until further notice residents in Trenton, Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, and Lawrence…
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Water Disasters – PRELIMINARY LEAD FILTER TESTING RESULTS FROM PEQUANNOCK WATER SERVICE AREA NEWARK

NEW JERSEY STRONG news - Newark, NJ: Office of the Mayor reports Governor Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, City of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe today announced preliminary filter testing results in Newark’s Pequannock water service area. The study team – a partnership between the City of Newark, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Environmental Protection Agency – collected over 1,700 samples from hundreds of homes. The preliminary results show that over 97 percent of PUR filters issued by the City reduce lead below 10 parts-per-billion, which is below the EPA action level of 15 parts-per-billion. When used in combination…
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NEW JERSEY STRONG WATER DISASTERS – HOW NEWARK IS GETTING THE LEAD OUT

New Jersey Strong news - Newark, NJ: City of Newark Office of the Mayor reports - Mark Robertson was both worried and relieved. Mr. Robertson, a Newark native and real estate entrepreneur here, was standing on his home’s front lawn at 631-633 Sanford Avenue today, watching a work crew from Pacific Construction, replace his lead service water line with a new copper one. All across Newark, teams from three contractors – two of them city-based – are replacing privately-owned lead service lines that provide water from city water mains to private homes, five days a week, first going through the list of applications that were made as early as April 2018, methodically performing the tasks a house at a time,…
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Water Disasters – Capitol City Appoints Water Works Temp

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, : City of Trenton reports Trenton Water Works announced today that Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora has appointed Steven J. Picco as interim director of the Department of Water and Sewer. Beginning Monday, Mr. Picco will continue the work of reorganizing the water utility while the Gusciora administration completes a national search for a permanent director. Mr. Picco replaces former Director Shing-Fu Hsueh, , , , who completed his tenure on Friday, September 13. “Trenton Water Works has achieved some important milestones since I took office,” said Mayor Gusciora. “The water utility has restored high water quality, launched critical capital projects, and improved both internal and external communications. But we’ve still got our work…
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Water Disasters – Director Hsueh to Step Down from Trenton Water Works on Friday 13th

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: City of Trenton reports Tenure Established Revamped Public Confidence in City Water Utility Trenton – Mayor Reed Gusciora is announcing that the Director of Water and Sewer (DW&S) Dr. Shing-Fu Hsueh is stepping down from his role leading the utility effective Friday, September 13th. He was one of Mayor Reed Gusciora’s first appointees as Trenton’s executive. His tenure overseeing the department, which encompasses Trenton Water Works (TWW), has seen substantial accomplishments including; restoring high water quality, eliminating disinfection by-products (DPBs), launching millions in capital projects, reestablishing effective communication with the public, reducing vacancies by 26% and promoting Taya Brown-Humphrey to superintendent of TWW’s filtration plant. Dr. Hsueh says that he feels TWW is in…
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NJ AG Investigating Anti-competitive GOOGLE Conduct

New Jersey Strong news - Trenton, NJ: NJ AG reports Today it was announced that a bipartisan group of attorneys general, including New Jersey, have opened a multi-state investigation into allegations of anti-competitive conduct by Google in the market for internet advertising. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued the following statement about the investigation: “Technology companies like Google exert incredible influence and power over our daily lives. Whether it's checking the news, preparing a report for work, or even planning the details of a family vacation, we rely on big tech for information, and they use our usage behavior to monetize their businesses. How they acquire and exert their power and influence on our behaviors should be subject…
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