Dubbed a “toxic tour”, environmental justice advocates, members of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, and city residents recently viewed several illegal dumping sites in Camden, NJ

On Tuesday August 29th, Environmental Justice (EJ) activists in Camden, NJ held a “toxic tour.” Roy L. Jones, reverend and long-time EJ advocate in Camden, stated that the purposes of the tour were twofold: first, “to visually present to U.S. Attorneys the totality of environmental degradation Camden residents have been subject to for decades”; and second, to […]

EELC and CFET urge DEP to enforce environmental justice law upon Camden recycling facilities

EELC partnered with Camden-local nonprofit Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) to draft comments last month under Administrative Order 2021-25 (AO 2021-25). The first was on a permit application for Camden Iron & Metal’s (CIM) Pier Facility, and the second for Eastern Metal Recycling’s (EMR) Kaighn Avenue Facility, which are both in Overburdened Communities in the […]

NJ’s Environmental Justice Rules are here

EELC is pleased that the regulations of New Jersey’s long-awaited Environmental Justice Law have been finally adopted. These regulations make the EJ Law the strongest—and first—in the nation. The Law and regulations are aimed at addressing the pollution burden experienced by the state’s overburdened communities and making outreach and public participation in DEP’s permitting processes more accessible to […]

Welcome Spring!

Welcome Spring!   Greetings from Eastern Environmental Law Center! We hope this newsletter finds you and yours staying safe and healthy. Here’s a sample of what EELC’s been up to this year so far:   Meet Kaitlin, our new staff attorney! We’re thrilled to welcome Kaitlin Morrison, EELC’s newest staff attorney, to our team! Prior […]

EELC submits comment to NJDEP regarding 2020 Environmental Justice Law

EELC recently submitted a comment to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of the New Jersey Progressive Equitable Energy Coalition (“NJPEEC”) regarding the 2020 Environmental Justice Law. The law requires NJDEP to evaluate the environmental and public health impacts of certain facilities on overburdened communities when reviewing certain permit applications. While supportive of […]

Newsletter: Spring greetings from Eastern Environmental Law Center!

We hope this newsletter finds you and yours staying safe and healthy.  Here’s a sample of what we’re up to:   Environmental Justice We’re thrilled to announce that EELC will be hiring a new staff attorney to focus primarily on environmental justice – including the implementation of New Jersey’s groundbreaking new Environmental Justice Law.  The staff […]

Former EPA lead for environmental justice joins EELC Board

epa lead joins eelc

On behalf of the Eastern Environmental Law Center Board of Directors, Co-Chairs of the Board  Alexi Assmus and Edward Lloyd are pleased to welcome Lisa Garcia as the newest board member. Ms. Garcia is a powerhouse in the environmental community  and her diverse experience, both state- and nation-wide, will be a great asset to EELC. […]

Newsletter: Fall Greetings from EELC

Greetings to all of our friends and supporters. Much has happened since I wrote you last. I have been heartened to see New Jersey pass the Clean Energy Act of 2018 and commit to a 2019 Energy Master Plan that would lay out a pathway to 100% clean energy for New Jersey by 2050.   We have also […]

Environmental Groups & Legislators Warn of Kavanaugh’s Environmental Record

EELC senior staff attorney Jenn Danis joined NJ Senators Booker & Menendez and others to discuss the detrimental effects a Judge Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination could have on the environment. In Brick, NJ, an area hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, Danis spoke on behalf of The Watershed Institute and NJ Conservation Foundation about Kavanaugh’s environmental record on the US […]

EELC Spring Letter to Supporters

Happy Spring! First, I’d like to thank all our supporters again for helping us make 2017 a year in which we were able to bring our work on clean energy and pipelines to a national level and expand our representation of New Jersey’s environmental organizations and community groups in our other priority areas: environmental justice […]

NJDEP to PennEast: Pipeline Denied

In a strongly worded letter to PennEast, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection denied a freshwater wetlands permit sought by the pipeline company.  The Conditional Certificate that FERC recently issued for PennEast clearly states that the pipeline can’t proceed without permits from NJDEP. Tom Gilbert, campaign director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation said, “PennEast wants […]