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CONTENTS:
New Jersey Forest Fire Service Releases Video Promoting Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday, Party at Liberty State Park in Jersey City
EPA Announces Updated Chemical Review Tool
DEP RESTORING HABITAT FOR PINELANDS PLANT FOUND ONLY INTERMITTENTLY IN NORTHEASTERN U.S. AND MARITIME CANADA
DEP Is Recognized as National Trails Day Champion by American Hiking Society for 3rd Consecutive Year
EPA Administrator Wheeler Signs MOU with American Conservation Coalition to Enhance Environmental Education
Living Shoreline At Sedge Island
New Jersey Forest Fire Service Releases Video Promoting Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday, Party at Liberty State Park in Jersey City             (Posted: 8-9-19)

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EPA Announces Updated Chemical Review Tool             (Posted: 8-9-19)

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EPA Announces Updated Chemical Review Tool

Agency takes unprecedented step to make additional information about the status of chemical reviews available to the public

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its commitment to transparency by making additional information about new chemical notices available to the public on the agency’s website. Visitors to the updated chemical review status tracker can view and search monthly updates for any active Premanufacture Notice (PMN), Significant New Use Notice (SNUN) and Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN) of interest by case number. It is important to note that this tool will continue to keep confidential business information confidential.

“By making this tracker available online, for the first time the public will easily be able to learn where a particular new chemical is in the EPA review process,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “With this step the agency is following through on its commitment to transparency and is providing applicants, stakeholders and the public with an easy-to-use tool to monitor the progress of new chemical safety reviews.”

Visitors to the site will also be able to download a spreadsheet with a list of all active cases and each case’s status. Previously, the agency only presented the number of cases in each step of the review process without identifying case numbers. This enhancement supplements the existing status tables describing the received date, the interim status, and final determinations for each case reviewed by EPA since the amendments to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) were passed in 2016. The update also supports the agency’s ongoing efforts to more efficiently review new chemicals submissions by proactively providing status updates to submitters.

This action is another important step toward meeting EPA’s transparency goals and complements other recent actions, including publishing all new chemical notices and their attachments (May 2019) and publishing information about TSCA Confidential Business Information claim reviews (July 2019). Later this year, website visitors will be able to connect to certain PMN and SNUN cases of interest on ChemView through quick links in our status tracker. The agency plans to continue to increase access to this information next year by increasing the frequency of updates to the tracker. These efforts to enhance the availability of TSCA information reaffirms Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s commitment to increase transparency regarding the work of EPA’s new chemicals program.

DEP RESTORING HABITAT FOR PINELANDS PLANT FOUND ONLY INTERMITTENTLY IN NORTHEASTERN U.S. AND MARITIME CANADA             (Posted: 8-7-19)

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DEP Is Recognized as National Trails Day Champion by American Hiking Society for 3rd Consecutive Year             (Posted: 7-30-19)

DEP Is Recognized as National Trails Day Champion by American Hiking Society for 3rd Consecutive Year

Now you can tell somebody to go take a hike … and you’d be promoting the DEP’s good deeds.

The American Hiking Society recently recognized the DEP as a National Trails Day Champion and announced the honor in its 2019 National Trails Day final report. The DEP, which earned the accolades for the third year in a row, is the only state agency to be individually recognized as a champion.

According to the society’s report, “American Hiking recognizes the commitment of all the organizations involved in building National Trails Day into an outstanding day of fun and service. Each year, we honor a few organizations and brands that go above and beyond in planning and promoting events.

“New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection helped coordinate nearly 50 events throughout New Jersey to celebrate NTD. Events ranged from trail maintenance projects to guide hikes, and community festivals,” the report noted.

The 27th annual American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day was celebrated on June 1, during which 41,424 people set a trails service world record: taking part in 1,164 events across the 50 states, during which they completed 294 trail service projects and built/maintained 869 trail miles, according to the report.

Participants included tens of thousands of hikers, bikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts and businesses, the report said.

The other 2019 honorees are the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, the Adventure Cycling Association, Hike It Baby, REI Co-op, the National Environmental Education Foundation and the America’s State Parks alliance.

EPA Administrator Wheeler Signs MOU with American Conservation Coalition to Enhance Environmental Education             (Posted: 7-29-19)

WASHINGTON (July 24, 2019) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Conservation Coalition (ACC) to attract, educate, inspire and prepare students for careers and opportunities within today's various environmental fields.

“Today’s MOU with the American Conservation Coalition will help educate and encourage more students to get involved in important environmental issues like combatting marine litter, improving recycling, and reducing lead exposure,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “EPA is proud to work alongside ACC to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders and advance solutions to today’s pressing environmental challenges.”

“ACC is delighted to be working with the EPA on important projects to improve our environment," said Benji Backer, American Conservation Coalition President. "Environmental progress is important no matter where it comes from, and the EPA plays a vital role in protecting our environment. Administrator Wheeler and his team will be important allies for the environmental movement going forward.”

ACC can help and attend at many EPA events including Trash Free Waters, Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative, Healthy Schools Initiative, and America Recycles Day. EPA looks forward to continuing the relationship with ACC and its members on over 130 college campuses. 

Click here to read the full MOU.

Background: 

The American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering conservatives to re-engage on environmental conversations. ACC was founded in June 2017 by a group of conservative millennials who saw a gap in the conservative movement when it came to the environment. ACC believes that economic and environmental success can go hand in hand, and conservatives should champion this message and take a seat at the table in discussions concerning conservation, clean energy, sportsmen’s rights, agriculture, climate, and much more. 

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Living Shoreline At Sedge Island             (Posted: 7-1-19)

Aerial view of Sedge Island Living Shoreline

Staff from NJDEP, the Barnegat Bay Partnership, and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary recently completed installation of a Living Shoreline at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. The project's goal is to slow post-Superstorm Sandy erosion and promote natural accretion of the coastal wetland.
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