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Environment

Congressman Pallone was inspired to come to Congress in order to put a stop to ocean dumping off 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 both Superfund and Brownfields sites so New Jersey residents can lead healthy lives in the communities  where they live and work.

Congressman Pallone has also been a tireless leader in protecting our oceans, and strongly opposes offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. An oil spill would have devastating effects on New Jersey’s coastal economy and environment. He has introduced the COAST Anti-Drilling Act, which would permanently ban offshore drilling in the Atlantic. He also has introduced the BEACH Act, which would impose new water quality testing and public notification standards so beachgoers are better protected and informed about the safety of their beaches.

As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Pallone has introduced and supported legislation to ensure safe drinking water for New Jersey communities, and the regulation of toxic chemicals. He is also a leader in the fight to combat the climate crisis. In 2020, he announced the CLEAN Future Act, a comprehensive proposal of sector-specific and economy-wide solutions to address the climate crisis. The CLEAN Future Act formally adopts the goal of achieving of a 100 percent clean economy by 2050. The draft bill incorporates both proven and novel concepts, presenting a set of policy proposals that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy. 

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November 24, 2021 In The News

New Jersey has 114 Superfund sites – the most in the nation – and the pace at which these savagely polluted quagmires are cleaned up is unacceptably slow.

November 22, 2021 Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today held a press conference with local environmental advocates to highlight how the Build Back Better Act that passed the House last week will help fight the climate crisis and protect the environment.

November 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded a major grant that will be led by NY/NJ Baykeeper. Together with matching funds, the organization will use a total of $1,743,625 for the project, including support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act:

“Today, the House passed once-in-a-generation legislation that invests in the American people, responds to the great challenges of our time, and builds a better future for generations to come. 

November 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement on Lisa Garcia’s selection to serve as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region II Administrator:

November 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded the inclusion of his initiatives in the Build Back Better Act that permanently ban offshore drilling along the Atlantic Coast, bolster offshore wind, and invest in coastal resiliency. Specifically, the bill permanently bans new offshore oil and gas leasing along the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

September 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after the Energy and Commerce Committee passed its provisions of the Build Back Better Act: 

August 26, 2021 Press Release

Old Bridge, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan today announced plans to advance cleanup of the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund site in Old Bridge Township and Sayreville. EPA will take over the completion of the remediation design plans for the Seawall Sector to ensure the remediation design is technically sound and the site can be cleaned up successfully.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded House passage of an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2022 that included his provision that would ban offshore drilling in specific areas for one year. The Pallone provision prohibits the Secretary of the Interior or the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from conducting or authorizing oil and gas leasing and related activities along the Pacific coast, Atlantic coast, Florida’s coast, and in the Arctic Ocean.

July 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded House passage of the PFAS Action Act. Pallone spearheaded passage of the bill that regulates PFAS chemicals, cleans up contamination, and protects public health. According to a report, there are 521 water systems in New Jersey that are contaminated with PFAS.