Office of Environmental Justice


Environmental Justice Policy and Regulation

State of New Jersey

NJ Executive Order No. 23, signed April 20, 2018
  • Executive Order No. 23 (pdf) - Addresses Environmental Justice Issues in New Jersey’s Urban Communities 2018/04/20
  • Executive Order No. 23 Guidance Document pending
  • Executive Order No. 7 (pdf) - Directs New Jersey to Reenter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 2018/01/29
  • Executive Order No. 63 (pdf) - Establishing new regulatory principles to foster economic growth and government efficiency. Rescinds and replaces Governor Christie’s Executive Orders No. 1 (2010) and No. 2 (2010) 2019/04/02
  • Executive Order No. 89 (pdf) - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Establish Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy2019/10/29
  • Executive Order No. 92 (pdf) - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Increase Offshore Wind Goal to 7,500 Megawatts by 20352019/11/19
  • Senate Bill No. 3207 (pdf) Global Warming Response Act and Governor’s Statement Upon Signing (pdf)2019/07/23
  • Executive Order No. 100 (pdf) - Directs the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make sweeping regulatory reforms, branded as Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT), to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change2020/01/27

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)


New Jersey Environmental Justice Policy Archives

New Jersey Environmental Justice Petitions Archives

Petitions Selected to move forward to Action Plan Development

Camden, NJ (Camden County)
Various concerns regarding environmental remediation and public health

  1. Statement of Finding
  2. Action Plan (pdf)
  3. Camden Air Toxics Pilot Project
  4. Compliance and Enforcement Initiatives Update to Community presented at November 16, 2006 Meeting (pdf)
  5. Asthma Outreach and Education Initiative in Camden Waterfront South (pdf)

Long Branch, NJ (Monmouth County)
Former Manufactured Gas Plant Remediation (MGP)

  1. Site Information and Reports
  2. Action Plan (pdf)
    (Dated: January 2006)

Newark, NJ (Essex County)
Pabst Brewery Demolition

Ringwood, NJ (Passaic County)
Ringwood Former Superfund Site

Linden, NJ (Union County)
Tremley Point Environmental Justice Petition

Petitions Not Chosen by the Task Force to advance to Action Plan Development

Jersey City, NJ (Hudson County)
Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel

Roselle, NJ (Union County)
Reactivation of Local Train Line


United States

  • Executive Order 12898 - In 1994, citizens gained the right to address environmental injustices under Executive Order 12898 entitled, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations,” signed by President William Clinton. Executive Order 12898 institutionalizes a mechanism whereby state programs receiving federal funds must pro-actively address environmental concerns to ensure that minority and low-income communities are not disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. Executive Order 12898 (pdf)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)