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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.

More on Environment

January 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded House passage of the PFAS Action Act of 2019, which passed the full House of Representatives by a vote of 247-159. Pallone spearheaded passage of the bill that regulates PFAS chemicals, cleans up contamination, and protects public health. According to a report, there are 517 water systems in New Jersey that are contaminated with PFAS.

January 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today released the legislative framework of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act – an ambitious new climate plan to ensure the United States achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution no later than 2050. Pallone made the announcement with other Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which he chairs, and spoke about the plan at a press conference today on Capitol Hill. Video of his remarks are available here.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded House passage of legislation he authored to help protect coastal communities from sea level rise and stronger storms caused by climate change. The Living Shorelines Act would create a federal grant program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to assist states, localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in constructing living shorelines.

December 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) joined a bicameral Congressional Delegation trip, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), to Madrid, Spain for the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP25. At the conference, he said the U.S. is still playing a leadership role.

December 2, 2019 In The News

A New Jersey congressman and environmentalists are urging the federal government to take action to protect millions of New Jersey residents from a group of chemicals found in more than 500 drinking water supplies across the state.

November 30, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is joining a bicameral Congressional Delegation trip, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), to Madrid, Spain for the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP25.

November 27, 2019 In The News

Campaigners for tighter health limits on toxic PFAS chemicals are taking their fight to Congress where a committee last week approved a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set regulations that it has so far avoided implementing.

November 19, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — Companies responsible for dumping chemicals again would pay a special tax to clean up polluted sites under legislation introduced Thursday by a powerful New Jersey Democrat.

The tax would fall on corporations, especially those involved in manufacturing chemicals or petroleum products. Such taxes expired in 1995 and Congress has rebuffed efforts to restore them.

November 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) announced the reintroduction of legislation to help the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean up sites listed on the Superfund’s National Priorities List. The Superfund Polluter Pays Act would reinstate the Superfund tax to make sure polluters pay for the cleanup of Superfund sites – not taxpayers. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey will introduce the companion bill in the Senate.