Congressman Pallone was elected to Congress in 1988 on a platform to put a stop to ocean dumping on the Jersey Shore and clean up New Jersey’s toxic waste sites. A clean environment helps create jobs and fosters an environment that will help local economies grow and expand. It has always been a top priority of Congressman Pallone’s to protect the water and air and clean up communities so New Jersey residents can lead healthy lives in the areas that they live and work.
In the 113th Congress, Congressman Pallone led a letter opposing the Obama Administration's plan to begin seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic Ocean, expressing his concern that it could lead to offshore drilling. Protecting the coasts and oceans is critical to the local economies that depend on them for billions in tourism and recreation revenues.
In the 112th Congress, Congressman Pallone introduced the BEACH Act reauthorization, which requires tough new water quality testing and public notification standards so beachgoers are better informed about the safety of their beaches.
In the 112th Congress, Congressman Pallone introduced the Superfund Polluter Pays Act to clean up Superfund sites across the country and reinstate the polluter pays tax so polluters, not taxpayers, foot the bill for toxic cleanups.
Congressman Pallone introduced the Clean Water Protection Act to put a stop to mountaintop removal coal mining. Mountaintop removal, a mining method where the top of a mountain is removed to extract thin seams of coal, permanently destroys streams, forests and mountains. The broken rock from this process is usually dumped into nearby valleys, creating valley fills that cover hundreds of acres of land and bury hundreds of miles of streams.