Environment


TOTAL TRI EMISSIONS FOR NJ CHEMICAL SECTOR DOWN 94% SINCE 1988

The Environmental Protection Agency released its 2019 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows that EPA and companies that manage chemicals continue to make progress in preventing pollution. The report shows continued toxic chemical reductions in Region 2 and that between 2018 and 2019 total releases of TRI chemicals in New Jersey’s chemical sector decreased by 9 percent.

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 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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  • 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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Environment Related Chemunique Posts

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  • September 30, 2021

    CCNJ Announces COVID-19 Safety Protocol For 36th Annual Conference on October 25-26 in Atlantic City

    The CCNJ Board of Directors at their last meeting, with CCNJ staff support, decided that for the upcoming in-person conference CCNJ staff will rely on the honesty of its members to protect the health and safety of our guests and registrants, and will not require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test (72-hours prior to the event) to attend the conference.


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  • September 30, 2021

    State of New Jersey Responds To Industry’s Challenge Of State’s PFAS Limits

    Last month, the state of New Jersey filed its brief in the state-court challenge, and as expected, the state argued that its 2020 drinking water and groundwater standards did not violate state administrative requirements, and that the standards were indeed based on research and science used for years by the NJDEP.


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  • September 30, 2021

    Call for Proposals Due Date Extended to Oct. 4: CCNJ Annual Plant Operations Management Virtual Workshop

    For many years, CCNJ has hosted an annual in-person workshop with a focus on plant operations management in December.  Last year, we held the event virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it was a success. As New Jersey and the business community begin to navigate the process of safely reopening, and many companies continue to work remotely through the fall, we thought it best to hold this year’s workshop virtually once again.


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  • September 30, 2021

    DEP Accepting Nominations Through October 11 For Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, CCNJ Encourages Members To Submit

    "Our members have a great story to tell, and we want to encourage our members to nominate themselves for these types of awards," said Dennis Hart, CCNJ executive director. "Submitting a nomination for their work in environmental excellence, while manufacturing lifesaving products, allows for policy makers and regulators to see firsthand how the chemistry industry is a solutions partner. If selected as a winner, we then can use it as part of our advocacy offering concrete examples for why the state should be reaching out to us as partners in boosting the state’s economy and encouraging policies that help keep our companies thriving in New Jersey."


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  • September 30, 2021

    Update on DEP EJ Rulemaking

    Following the conclusion of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)’s Environmental Justice (EJ) rulemaking stakeholder process, CCNJ submitted pre-proposal comments on August 20, 2021. 


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  • September 30, 2021

    Update on NJDEP NJPDES PFAS Effort

    As a follow-up to the March 17, 2021, survey demand regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) sent to all New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) Category B and L permittees, the NJDEP contacted select NJPDES permittees on August 18, 2021 with an effluent sampling demand.


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  • August 25, 2021

    Update On CCNJ’s Regulatory Advocacy

    CCNJ continues to work on comments regarding various New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) rulemaking efforts.


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  • August 25, 2021

    Drinking Water Quality Institute Meets & Recommends New Standards Recap of August 5, 2021 DWQI Meeting

    The Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) recently held a meeting on August 5, 2021, that mainly focused on 1,4-dioxane. 


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  • August 25, 2021

    Call for Proposals Due Sep. 30: CCNJ Annual Plant Operations Management Virtual Workshop

    For many years, CCNJ has hosted an annual in-person workshop with a focus on plant operations management in December.  Last year, we held the event virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it was a success. As New Jersey and the business community begin to navigate the process of safely reopening, and many companies continue to work remotely through the fall, we thought it best to hold this year’s workshop virtually once again.


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  • June 30, 2021

    New Jersey Assembly Environment Committee Unanimously Releases Advanced Recycling Bill

    The New Jersey Assembly Environment and Solid Waste committee recently held a hearing and a vote to release Assembly Bill 5803, which exempts certain plastic materials processed at advanced plastic processing facilities from State laws regulating solid waste disposal and recycling. Innovations in chemistry are now creating solutions for a strong, sustainable future by unlocking the energy in discarded plastics and enabling a more circular economy.


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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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