Environment


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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  • 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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  • June 28, 2018

    COMMENTS: POTENTIAL REPORTING CHANGES TO THE TOXIC CATASTROPHE PREVENTION ACT PROGRAM

    On behalf of the members of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ), we would like to share our concerns regarding the attached draft “Annual Report Compliance Audit and Near Miss Handout” dated May 2, 2018, which summarizes potential changes to the Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act (TCPA) annual report requirements.


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  • June 6, 2018

    COMMENTS: NJPDES FISCAL YEAR 2018 ANNUAL FEE REPORT AND ASSESSMENT OF FEES

    First, we would like to share some history and background on our past efforts in advocating for improvements to the NJPDES fee structure.  Back in 2013 and 2014, CCNJ and its members participated in NJPDES stakeholder meetings with the focus on ensuring that the reduction of permittees and environmental loading was taken into account when calculating the industrial NJPDES fees, which were rising uncontrollably.


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  • March 6, 2018

    COMMENTS: ECOLOGICAL EVALUATION TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT VERSION 1.4

    CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) provided comments on the proposed revisions to the Technical Guidance for Ecological Evaluation (EE) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on March 6, 2018.


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Environment Related Chemunique Posts

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  • August 19, 2019

    CCNJ Adds 13 New Members In The Last Year: 4 Regular and 9 Associate

    CCNJ welcomes 13 new members within the last year, including 3M, Corteva, Messer, and Williams.


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  • August 19, 2019

    CCNJ Executive Director Dennis Hart Joins Representatives From The American Chemistry Council and PaintCare To Testify On The State Of Recycling

    The Senate and Assembly Environment Committees met jointly on Thursday, August 17, 2019, to take testimony on the state of recycling.


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  • August 19, 2019

    Science & Risk Communication Workshop Set For October 1

    The Science & Risk Communication Workshop, hosted by Solvay USA and the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, will give attendees an opportunity to learn and share information and insight on how we as an industry can do a better job communicating science and risk.


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  • August 19, 2019

    December 4: Annual Plant Operations And Management Workshop; Call For Presentations Due September 3

    On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, CCNJ will host its Annual Plant Operations Management Workshop.


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  • August 19, 2019

    Keynotes for 36th Annual Conference Confirmed; Call For Presentations Due Nov. 4

    Plans are underway for the 36<sup>th</sup> Annual Spring Conference scheduled for April 27-28, 2020 at the Ocean Resort & Casino.


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  • June 28, 2019

    CCNJ Submits Comments on NJDEP Rule Proposal: PFOA/PFOS

    CCNJ submitted comments on proposed amendments to various rules focused on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on May 31, 2019.


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  • June 28, 2019

    “SRRA 2.0” Update

    Senator Bob Smith, Chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, held meetings in January, February, and March 2019 to discuss stakeholders’ high priority recommended amendments to the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) and other statutes, and start drafting a bill; participants included the following:


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  • June 28, 2019

    Pesticide Legislation Sees Action in Senate Committee

    Recently, two separate bills have started to gain traction in the New Jersey Senate that seek to restrict the use or outright ban certain types of pesticides in the Garden State.  These bills stem from a misunderstanding of how these products impact New Jersey’s bee population and potential health concerns some products may have on human exposure.


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  • June 28, 2019

    Bill to Study Effects of PFAS in Food Containers is Released By the Senate Environment and Energy Committee

    The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee recently held a hearing and a vote on Senate Bill 2879, which  directs DEP to study and, if necessary, regulate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in food packaging.


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  • May 20, 2019

    Newly Elected CCNJ Chairwoman Opens 35th Annual Spring Conference

    Leslie Waller, Head of Chemistry, Energy & Environmental Industry at Messer Americas, delivered her first address as chairwoman of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey.


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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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