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Thank you for attending our Let’s Clear the Air: A Student Led Symposium. We are excited to share this information with you in hopes that you will take action to reduce air pollution in NJ.

About the Legislation

As proposed the New Jersey Environmental Green Amendment would read as follows:

(a)  Every person has a right to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, and ecologically healthy habitats, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of the environment.  The State shall not infringe upon these rights, by action or inaction.

(b)  The State’s public natural resources, among them its waters, air, flora, fauna, climate, and public lands, are the common property of all the people, including both present and future generations.  The State shall serve as trustee of these resources, and shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people.

(c)  This paragraph and the rights stated herein are (1) self-executing, and (2) shall be in addition to any rights conferred by the public trust doctrine or common law.

Take Action

CONTACT:
Contact Senate Budget & Appropriations Chair
Senator Paul A. Sarlo
Phone: (201) 804-8118
Email: SenSarlo@njleg.org
496 Columbia Boulevard, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075-1600

SUGGESTED EMAIL:
Dear Senator Sarlo,

Parts of New Jersey have the worst air quality in the nation. New Jersey is at ground zero for frequent storm surges and flooding due to climate change caused by ozone emissions. Hurricanes like Irene and Sandy will continue to cause suffering and devastation.

For the future health and safety of our residents, please post SCR 134, the Green Amendment, on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee December 3rd agenda.

The right to a healthy environment should be a fundamental right guaranteed in the United States Constitution.

Sincerely,

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About the Legislation

There are 6,000 heavy duty trucks that service Port Elizabeth, Newark and Bayonne that do not comply with emissions standards and are grandfathered under old less strict standards. Most of these trucks are owned by independent truckers who can’t afford to upgrade their trucks to meet the stricter standards but are a major source of serious health effects on area residents.

There are two aspects of advocacy which will tackle this problem:

  1. Legislation which would create the New Jersey Air Resource Board to would impose regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy duty trucks that operate in the state of NJ.
  2. Asking Governor Murphy to allocate money from the Volkswagen Settlement to subsidize the independent truckers for 50% of the cost of replacing their dirty trucks with clean trucks.

 

WHAT ARE DIRTY TRUCKS?
Trucks called gliders are wreaking havoc on our ozone and causing pollution beyond repair. Glider trucks emit high amounts of nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. This is putting everyone at risk but more particularly those who live along highways and in urban areas.

Ozone is an important element of the atmosphere while at a high altitude. Near the surface while being affected by the pollution, ozone forms smog. When inhaled, smog can cause inflammation in a person’s respiratory system.

 

FURTHER READING:
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Ironbound Residents Want Truck Emissions Reduced

Take Action

CONTACT:
NJ Governor
Phil Murphy
Phone: (609) 292-6000
Email:
Address: Office of Governor PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

SUGGESTED EMAIL:
Dear Governor Murphy,

There are 6000 heavy duty trucks that service Port Elizabeth, Newark and Bayonne that do not comply with emissions standards and are grandfathered under old less strict standards. Most of these trucks are owned by independent truckers who can’t afford to upgrade their trucks to meet the stricter standards but are a major source of serious health effects on area residents.

The State has $72 mil. from the settlement with Volkswagen for its cheating on emissions testing.

The Port Authority has proposed to subsidize the independent truckers for 50% of the cost of replacing their dirty trucks with clean trucks, but doesn’t have nearly sufficient funds to cover the $100- 150 mil. cost. The State of New Jersey can, using a portion of the $72 mil. Volkswagen Settlement, match Port Authority funding 50/50 and substantially improve the health of residents in the urban areas adjacent to the ports.

Please include in your next budget request sufficient funding from the Volkswagen Settlement to alleviate the most significant air pollution impairment for the health of communities adjacent to our ports.

Sincerely,

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Take Action

CONTACT:
Senate Environmental Committee Chair
Bob Smith
Phone: (732) 752-0770
Email: SenBSmith@njleg.org
Address: 216 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-3284


Assembly Environmental Committee Chair
Nancy Pinkin
Phone: (732) 548-1406
Email: AswPinkin@njleg.org
Address: 3 Stephenville Parkway, Edison, NJ 08820

 

SUGGESTED EMAIL:
Dear Senator Smith / Assemblywoman Pinkin,

I am writing this email to ask for you sponsorship of  legislation to create the New Jersey Air Resource Board to impose regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy duty trucks that operate in the state.

Parts of New Jersey have the worst air quality in the nation. New Jersey is at ground zero for frequent storm surges and flooding due to climate change caused by ozone emissions. Hurricanes like Irene and Sandy will continue to cause suffering and devastation if we do not make a change.


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