NJDEP Air & Waste Management Association

Baron participated in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection / Air & Waste Management Association (NJDEP/A&WMA) Annual Regulatory Update Conference that provided the regulated community an opportunity to understand the NJDEP priorities for 2019 and beyond, and to be able to engage in a dialogue on the programs with senior NJDEP Officials.

The session began with Debbie Mans, NJDEP Deputy Commissioner, providing comments on the “State of the Department” including a number of priorities of the new Governor.

Our “Top 10” Highlights of the daylong session include:

  1. NJ Addressing Climate Change through rejoining RGGI- The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a mandatory market-based program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector.

  2. A focus on Managing Natural Resourcesof the state through open engagement with the public and with Environmental Justice in mind.

  3. Increasing wind energy productionthrough offshore wind, large scale solar production including landfill solar where it makes sense, and a significant increase in electric vehicles and charging stations by utilizing funds from the Volkswagen emissions settlement.

  4. Looking holistically at emerging contaminantsutilizing good science as the basis for developing standards.

  5. The Governor issued Executive Order 23– Environmental Justice (EJ) that requires the NJDEP, as the lead agency, to develop a Guidance Document for all State Agencies on how to incorporate EJ into how they operate and determining communities in the s