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Murphy: Respecting environmental justice by shutting down the dirty Newark factory

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Murphy: Respecting environmental justice by shutting down the dirty Newark factory

The administration must block the new PVSC plant

In his State of State address, Governor Murphy outlined his future priorities while reviewing the accomplishments of his first term, including enacting what he called “the strictest environmental justice law.” from the country”.

In response, Matt Smith, New Jersey State Director for Food & Water Watch issued the following statement:

“Governor Murphy’s stated commitment to environmental justice is currently being tested: his administration must decide whether or not to approve the construction of a new gas-fired power plant at the facilities of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. in Newark. This would create a new source of air and climate pollution in a community targeted by polluters for decades. The governor can help end this cycle of environmental injustice by stopping this plan and joining community calls for a clean, renewable alternative.

“Governor Murphy said we need to ‘prove that our words have real meaning and value’. He must take action that matches his rhetoric. The governor cannot allow his own agency to pour public money into a polluting power station that would set us back in the fight against climate change. These resources would be better used to advance our state’s goals for renewable energy and storage. “

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