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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  • 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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  • February 22, 2018

    COMMENTS: IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT VERSION 2.0

    CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) provided comments on the proposed revisions to the Technical Guidance for Immediate Environmental Concern (IEC) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on February 22, 2018.


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  • February 5, 2018

    COMMENTS: REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INPUT FOR PERFLUOROOCTANE SULFONATE

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) pursuant to the Institute’s request for public input regarding the recently released subcommittee reports on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). CCNJ/SRIN have long advocated for greater transparency and public input with respect to DWQI’s activities and we appreciate the steps taken to provide this opportunity.


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  • October 6, 2017

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO AIR QUALITY RULES (DEP DOCKET NO. 12-17-06, PROPOSAL NO. PRN 2017-139)

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP, the Department) on the proposed amendments to Air Quality, Energy, and Sustainability Program rules published in the New Jersey Register on August 7, 2017.


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  • September 29, 2017

    COMMENTS: NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO SITE REMEDIATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RULES (DEP DOCKET NO. 10-17-06, PROPOSAL NO. PRN 2017-134)

    COMMENTS ON NJDEP PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO SITE REMEDIATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM RULES (DEP DOCKET NO. 10-17-06, PROPOSAL NO. PRN 2017-134)


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  • November 21, 2016

    COMMENTS: REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INPUT FOR PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID

    On behalf of our members, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) pursuant to the Institute’s request for public input regarding the recently released subcommittee reports on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA).


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  • February 9, 2016

    COMMENTS: “PLANNING FOR AND RESPONSE TO CATASTROPHIC EVENTS AT CONTAMINATED SITES” TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT

    On behalf of the members of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN), we appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the “Planning for and Response to Catastrophic Events at Contaminated Sites” (Catastrophic Events) Technical Guidance Document. 


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Environment Related Chemunique Posts

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  • December 22, 2020

    CCNJ 2020 Year End Review

    The Chemistry Council of New Jersey's 2020 Year End Review Infographic


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  • December 22, 2020

    Managing The Business And Technical Uncertainties Of PFAS In The Environment

    On November 18<sup>th</sup>, CCNJ was pleased to present the panel discussion "Managing the Business and Technical Uncertainties of PFAS in the Environment" sponsored by Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.  Stew Abrams of Langan moderated a panel consisting of AnnieLu Dewitt of Clean Harbors, Jim Kotsmith of 3M Company, Lanny Kurzweil of McCarter & English, and Adam Hackenberg of Langan. 


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  • December 22, 2020

    Recycled Content Bill Released By Senate Environment Committee

    An amended version of Senate Bill 2515, which establishes recycled content requirements for plastic containers, glass containers, paper carryout bags, reusable carryout bags made of plastic film, and plastic trash bags; prohibits sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, was released by the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee by a 4-1 vote.


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  • November 30, 2020

    Chemistry Council Of New Jersey Events To Remain Virtual Through 3rd Quarter of 2021

    Except for outdoor golf outings, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey has made the decision not to hold in person events through the third quarter of 2021


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  • November 30, 2020

    Odor Mitigation And Air Quality Management: Calming Community Concerns To Preserve Your Brand Reputation

    In this age of viral tweets, your firm’s reputation is constantly up for debate, making brand management crucial. While financial risk from lack of compliance is a familiar threat to your brand and bottom line alike, the issue of odors emanating from your manufacturing facilities may not be as common. Now that unhappy community members can so easily and quickly take to social media, managing odors has emerged as a reputational and business risk for environmental health & safety (EHS) and corporate managers to keep top of mind.


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  • November 30, 2020

    Managing Surplus Property For Profit And Sustainability

    Sustainability has become an important part of daily business for every member of the Chemical Council of New Jersey (CCNJ). The CCNJ statement on sustainability is bold and detailed.  Every member has a mission statement that includes specific sustainability goals, published in annual reports and on public websites.


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  • November 30, 2020

    CCNJ To Lead Quarterly Meetings With DEP And Industry Stakeholders

    CCNJ begins new quarterly meetings with key NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff to establish a more robust level of engagement with the department and foster an open and transparent dialogue with industry stakeholders on various, department-wide issues.


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  • November 30, 2020

    CCNJ/SRIN Effort On DEP Remediation Standards Rule Proposal And Associated Technical Guidance

    On November 16, 2020, CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) submitted comments on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Vapor Intrusion (VI) Technical Guidance.  This document was revised by the NJDEP to complement their Remediation Standards Rule Proposal, which was published in the April 6, 2020 New Jersey Register (courtesy copy found here).  A total of 16 CCNJ industry and SRIN members committed to financially contribute to the costs associated with hiring a consultant to help develop and finalize comments on the rule, as well as the three associated technical guidance documents. 


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  • November 30, 2020

    CCNJ Submits Preliminary Comments On DEP EJ Rulemaking Effort

    On November 23, 2020, CCNJ and the Site Remediation Industry Network (SRIN) submitted pre-proposal comments on the environmental justice (EJ) rulemaking focus areas presented by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) at the October 22, 2020 initial public information session.


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  • October 22, 2020

    CCNJ Joins Other Business Associations, Public Wastewater Utilities and 3M In Lawsuit Challenging New Jersey’s PFAS Regulations

    Earlier this month, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, trade and business associations, and publicly owned utilities filed a legal challenge to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) establishment of unrealistic and unsupportable regulations impacting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).


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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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