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TOTAL TRI EMISSIONS FOR NJ CHEMICAL SECTOR DOWN 96% SINCE 1988

The New Jersey chemical sector’s TRI emissions decreased by 16 percent from 2015 to 2016, and by 96 percent since 1988. This significant decrease can be attributed to the industry’s efforts to regularly implement emission reduction methods.

CCNJ members are continuously identifying source reduction opportunities to minimize waste and its impact on the environment. Our members create the science to produce the products that improve and sustain our quality life.  Our members are committed to reducing their environmental impact, while supporting a robust New Jersey economy.

Environment Related Position Papers

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  • March 10, 2020

    PRELIMINARY COMMENTS ON NJDEP NJPACT RULEMAKING EFFORT – REDUCING CO2 EMISSIONS IN NJ

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following preliminary comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the potential pathways to reduce carbon emissions in the state to achieve the goals of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2006 levels by 2050 and 100% clean energy by 2050, as presented at the stakeholder meeting held on February 25, 2020.


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  • March 6, 2020

    PRELIMINARY COMMENTS ON NJDEP NJPACT RULEMAKING EFFORT – PERIODIC MONITORING AND REPORTING OF NJ’S GHG EMISSIONS

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following preliminary comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring and reporting rulemaking focus areas, as presented at the stakeholder meeting held on February 21, 2020.


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  • September 13, 2019

    COMMENTS: 2019 ENERGY MASTER PLAN – PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND AFFORDABILITY

    Chemistry Council of New Jersey

    Our members continue to be concerned with the high cost of energy in New Jersey.  In a CCNJ membership survey conducted during the months of June and July of 2018, respondents for the eleventh consecutive year, unanimously ranked energy costs as one of the top issues of concern facing their companies in New Jersey.  Energy is a vital component of our industry’s cost structure, and higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on both jobs and the bottom line of our member companies.  New Jersey’s industrial energy rates are still some of the highest in the nation, about 45% above the national average.  As large energy users, the state’s energy policies are of critical importance to our members.


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  • May 31, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO VARIOUS RULES, GROUND WATER QUALITY STANDARDS AND MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS FOR PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID AND PERFLUOROOCTANESULFONIC ACID

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) on the proposed amendments to various rules, including Discharges of Petroleum and Other Hazardous Substances (DPHS) Rules, Ground Water Quality Standards (GWQS) Rules, Private Well Testing Act (PWTA) Rules, Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Rules, and New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) Rules, for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) published in the New Jersey Register on April 1, 2019.


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  • March 26, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP SOIL REMEDIATION STANDARDS

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) would like to share our concerns regarding the upcoming New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) rule proposal that is expected to update various Soil Remediation Standards (SRS) and also change Impact to Ground Water (IGW) and Vapor Intrusion (VI) screening levels into remediation standards.


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  • March 22, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 23 GUIDANCE

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) on the draft Environmental Justice (EJ) Executive Order No. 23 Guidance, dated December 17, 2018.


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  • February 15, 2019

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO AIR QUALITY RULES, GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS FUND & CO2 BUDGET TRADING PROGRAM

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide the following comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) on the proposed amendments to the Air Quality rules included in two separate rule proposals published in the New Jersey Register on December 17, 2018.(DEP DOCKET NOS. 04-18-10 & 05-18-11, PROPOSAL NOS. PRN 2018-112 & PRN 2018-113)


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  • February 1, 2019

    COMMENTS: AIR TOXICS AND FUMIGATION ISSUES

    The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and the Chemistry Council of New Jersey/Site Remediation Industry Network (CCNJ/SRIN) (collectively, “Commenters”) submit preliminary comments on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) proposals on air toxics and fumigation standards, as presented in NJDEP’s stakeholder meeting on January 17, 2019.


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  • January 31, 2019

    POSITION PAPER:CCNJ OPPOSES SENATE BILL 1073 & ASSEMBLY BILL 2694

    This bill(s) would allow for the creation of a new county or municipal bureaucracy to manage stormwater utilities. There is little debate that this state already has too many facets of government on the municipal, county and state levels. CCNJ believes, despite being permissive, that this legislation would add an entirely new layer of governmental oversite, with unlimited taxing authority.


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  • October 11, 2018

    COMMENTS: REGARDING NEW JERSEY 2019 ENERGY MASTER PLAN – REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION

    Energy is a vital component of the industry’s cost structure and higher energy prices can have a substantial impact on our members and the consumers of their products.  As such, we support goals to drive down the cost of energy for all customers, to promote a diverse portfolio of new, clean, in-state generation and to reward energy efficiency and energy conservation and reduce peak demand.  The Council believes that these goals are in the best interests of all energy consumers, as their implementation will lead to significant improvement in energy utilization throughout the state, ensure that the environment remains protected, and foster innovation and economic growth.


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Environment Related Chemunique Posts

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  • May 29, 2020

    Since January, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey has Welcomed Six New Member Companies: 4 Regular and 2 Associate

    CCNJ continues to make a concerted effort to identify and recruit new members in what is a dwindling industry landscape in New Jersey.


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  • May 29, 2020

    NJDEP Regulatory Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

    On May 18, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, Department) hosted a virtual meeting with CCNJ Regular and Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) members to discuss the actions taken by the NJDEP to address regulatory issues during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.


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  • April 30, 2020

    CCNJ Submits Preliminary Comments On OHSP Title 13 Public Access

    In mid-April, CCNJ submitted preliminary comments on the draft proposed Title 13 Public Access regulations presented by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) at the March 30, 2020 stakeholder meeting via Webinar.  OHSP must adopt rules “to designate facilities that, for homeland security reasons, require exclusion of the public from the tidal waters or adjacent shorelines located at those facilities”, as mandated by the Legislature in May 2019.


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  • March 31, 2020

    DEP Seeks Input From Stakeholders On NJPACT HFC Reporting Rulemaking

    As a follow-up to the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Monitoring and Reporting Rules stakeholder meeting held by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on February 21, 2020, a virtual meeting specifically focused on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) reporting was held on March 26, 2020.


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  • March 31, 2020

    CCNJ Submits Preliminary Comments On NJDEP NJPACT Rulemaking Effort

    In early March, CCNJ submitted comments on the draft proposed New Jersey Protecting Against Climate Threats (NJPACT) rules presented by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) at two recent stakeholder meetings focused on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) monitoring/reporting and carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) emissions reduction.


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  • February 26, 2020

    DEP Seeks Input From Stakeholders On Forthcoming PACT Regulations

    On February 21, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) invited stakeholders to a meeting to “discuss potential rulemaking to require periodic monitoring and reporting of statewide greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Global Warming Response Act."


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  • February 26, 2020

    DEP Seeks Comments From Stakeholders On Reducing Carbon Emissions in NJ

    On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection (NJDEP) held another meeting as part of their stakeholder process to develop a suite of NJPACT (New Jersey Protecting Against Climate Threats) regulations as directed by Executive Order 100 and Administrative Order No. 2020-01. 


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  • February 26, 2020

    Legislation To Classify Neonicotinoids And Other Pesticides As “Restricted Use” Is Released From Senate Environment Committee

    Recently, Senator Bob Smith (D-17), introduced S-1016, which  would require the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to classify Neonicotinoid pesticides, designed or intended for outdoor use, as restricted use pesticides.  According to the legislation, a restricted use pesticide, can only be purchased and used by a certified and licensed pesticide applicator, or person working under their direct supervision.


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  • February 26, 2020

    Reset: Business And Society In The New Social Landscape

    As consumers, our access to—and appetite for—information about what and how we buy continues to grow. Powered by social media, increasingly we look at the companies behind the products and are disappointed when their actions do not meet our expectations.


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  • January 31, 2020

    CCNJ Had A Successful 218th Legislative Session On Behalf of Its Members

    Now that the 2018-2019 Legislative Session is behind us, CCNJ can now report on its successful advocacy efforts before the New Jersey Legislative and Executive branches.


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Environment Related Resources

  • June 1, 2013

    As Hurricane Season Begins: Reminders to Minimize and Report Releases

    Unlike some other natural disasters, the onset of a hurricane can allow early preparations to minimize its effect on a facility. Owners/operators typically take prudent preventive action by safely shutting down processes, or otherwise operate under emergency operations procedures, before hurricane force winds and associated stormsurge flooding can damage facilities and cause uncontrolled releases of hazardous chemicals.


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