Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NJ's late season crop of green legislation

Returning to Trenton from a prolonged vacation that began before July 4 and extended through the November 4 election, state lawmakers have already introduced a truckload of new environmental legislation--much of it addressing the hot areas of energy conservation and alternative energy production.

Although few of the bills have a chance to be enacted during the remaining weeks of the current lame duck session, they'll all be ready for consideration when the Senate and Assembly reconvene for a new two-year session in early January.

Here are just a few of the more than 50 new green bills introduced since November 23:

A-4179 Milam, M.W. (D-1); Albano, N.T. (D-1) Allows construction of wind dependent energy facilities within 500 feet of mean high water line of tidal waters under certain circumstances.
[Translation: on boardwalk piers]

A-4181 Coyle, D.M. (R-16) Requires energy monitoring systems to be installed in new commercial buildings; allows credit against corporation business tax and gross income tax for costs of purchasing and installing energy monitoring systems.

A-4182 Coyle, D.M. (R-16) Permits developer to qualify for low interest loan from NJEDA when building new green housing.

A-4184 Coyle, D.M. (R-16) Authorizes county colleges and county vocational school districts to establish green job certification programs.

A-4185 Coyle, D.M. (R-16) Creates a green building competition.

A-4186 Coyle, D.M. (R-16) Provides gross income tax exclusion for income earned by completing qualified energy efficient and renewable energy job training.

A-4193 Burzichelli, J.J. (D-3) Establishes standards for fertilizer application to turfgrass systems.

A-4195 Coyle, D.M. (R-16) Establishes six-month paid green internship program in Department of Community Affairs.

A-4235 Vainieri Huttle, V. (D-37) Allows independent institutions of higher education to be eligible for NJ alternative fuel vehicle rebate and alternative fuel infrastructure programs.

A-4238 Wagner, C. (D-38) "Plastic Carryout Bag Reduction Act."

S-3004 Sarlo, P.A. (D-36) Changes the scope of public notification regarding contaminated site remediation.

S-3013 Singer, R.W. (R-30) Requires State entities to purchase biofuels in place of fossil fuels when it is reasonable, prudent and cost effective to do so.

S-3022 Smith, B. (D-17) Requires EDA to establish a "High Performance Green Building Demonstration Project."

S-3039 Smith, B. (D-17) Requires eligible applicants for innocent party grants from "Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund" to own subject property through application process.

S-3041 Smith, B. (D-17) Imposes certain conditions on NJPDES permit for energy generation facilities that withdraw water from, or discharge water to, a shallow lagoonal estuary

S-3105 Van Drew, J. (D-1) Requires BPU to provide same financial incentives for purchase and installation of wind technologies as for solar technologies.

Did you know that our daily newsletter, EnviroPolitics, tracks every piece of environmental legislation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania--from introduction to enactment?

We also provide our readers with the most up-to-date environmental and political news stories, environmental regulations, environmental business updates and a calendar of environmental events. See for yourself.

Sign up now for a complimentary, 30-day trail subscription.


Subscribe here to view all our YouTube videos

Repost this article