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The mission of Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability (AQES) is to evaluate and support the development and implementation of secure and resilient energy systems and sustainable environmental practices,  while protecting the public from unnecessary radiation exposure and ensuring the State’s air is clean and safe.

Programs IN ACTION

DEP Promotes Earth Day/Week and Environmental Education Week

Every year, DEP celebrates Earth Day/Week (April 22/April 23 – 29) and National Environmental Education Week (April 23 – 29) as “springboards’” to on-going environmental stewardship and year-round environmental protection efforts. Residents are encouraged to visit www.earthdayNJ.org to find events and programs that are located in or near their own communities that they can participate in. If your town or community group is hosting an event, or you want to showcase your school’s environmental, green and sustainable lessons and projects, submit your descriptions to us at http://www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/earthday/calsub.htm

NJDEP Helps Celebrate an NJ Recycling Landmark Event


On April 12, 2017, NJ DEP joined the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) at their Annual Meeting to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the passing of New Jersey’s Source Separation and Recycling Act.  In addition to NJDEP Commissioner Martin, the celebration featured speakers from both the past and present of recycling, including Former Senator Paul Contillo, who sponsored the Act; and his daughter Angela Andersen, Sustainability Coordinator for Long Beach Township. Commissioner Martin spoke about the accomplishments of the Act, which made New Jersey a national leader in recycling, and emphasized the continued need for recycling outreach and education. To learn more about recycling in NJ, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/recycling/.

Interested in learning about how businesses in New Jersey are becoming more sustainable?

Read this article by former AQES Asst. Commissioner John Giordano, published recently in the Chamber of Commerce publication Enterprise, as he explains about the State’s Sustainable Business Registry and how its helping to move NJ’s commercial businesses forward by realizing the triple bottom line of sustainability. For more information on the Sustainable Business Registry, visit http://registry.njsbdc.com/.

Construction Equipment Retrofit Funds Now Available

AQES’ Bureau of Mobile Sources is pleased to announce the availability of funding for construction equipment owners to install pollution control devices (retrofits) or replace their equipment.  Funding is currently available for installing pollution control devices (retrofits) on construction equipment (100% of the cost of the device and installation), or purchasing replacement equipment (up to 30% of the purchase, not to exceed $100,000).   The funding will help reduce emissions of diesel particles and improve air quality.  For more information on this program and to learn how to get started, visit:   http://www.stopthesoot.org/eoi.htm

Programs IN FOCUS

AQES’ Role in Radon Mitigation

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas; a decay product of uranium which is found in all soil in varying natural concentrations.   Radon gas can accumulate in enclosed places, such as a house, but its presence, even in high concentrations, cannot be detected by human senses because the gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless.  Long term or chronic exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The greater the concentration and the longer a person is exposed, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.

Testing throughout New Jersey indicates that radon is a statewide health issue.  The key method of addressing this type of health issue is education, and that’s one of the roles of the Radon Section of AQES’ Division of Energy Security and Sustainability.

To that end, the Radon section conducts outreach activities designed to educate the public about radon and its associated health risks, as well as how they can get their homes tested and, if necessary, remediated.  In addition, the Radon section maintains a toll-free information line ((800)648-0394) to provide information on radon testing procedures and mitigation techniques.

In 2015, the Radon section revised its Radon Potential Map, which presents radon testing data to show the potential for elevated radon concentrations in each New Jersey municipality with tier area assignments of risk.  While this type of visual tool is helpful to determine if you live in an area where radon is more likely to be found, DEP recommends that all homes be tested for radon.  Radon concentration can vary widely even within a tier location, depending upon the geology and amount of uranium in the soil. This means that homes in low or moderate radon potential areas may still have elevated radon concentrations. The DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency both recommend that you take action to mitigate your home if your test results indicate radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of radon or higher.

For more information about AQES’ Radon Section and its efforts to address radon in New Jersey, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/rpp/radon/index.htm

 

 

   
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