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Mass. gives green light to gas-fired power plant

2-20-14
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts environmental officials have signed off on all the state and local permits and approvals needed for construction of a proposed 692-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant at the site of the existing Salem Harbor ...

NJ weighs smoking ban at beaches and parks

2-20-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban smoking at all public beaches and parks in the state. A state Assembly committee advanced the proposal at a hearing Thursday morning. It now goes to the full Assembly, ...

Legal dispute over Salem power plant settled

2-19-14
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The developers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant and Salem and an environmental group have settled a legal dispute that will allow the $800 million project to proceed. Under terms of the settlement with the ...

18 sentenced in South Dakota wildlife case

2-13-14
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say 18 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced for wildlife violations at a commercial hunting operation in southern South Dakota's Todd County. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says it's one of ...

Feds OK $26.3M to buy out flood-prone homes

2-6-14
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — The federal government has awarded New Jersey $26.3 million to enable it to buy 89 homes in flood-prone sections of Woodbridge. The state is in the process of buying homes from willing sellers affected by Superstorm Sandy ...

New Jersey company plans Iowa wind farm project

2-6-14
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A New Jersey company has announced plans to invest $42 million in a west-central Iowa wind farm. The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/1ncROoN ) the project will go up in Carroll County and have a capacity of 20 ...

Enviros ask NJ to toughen rules on storm pollution

2-5-14
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Nine environmental groups are asking New Jersey officials to do a better job of limiting water pollution caused by storm runoff. The groups say permits issued by state government for things like municipal sewer ...
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NJ Motorists Are Seeing More Potholes This Winter

1-30-14
The bitter cold temperatures and snowfall have formed more potholes this winter and crews are working hard to keep up.

Crews cleaning up oil spill into SE Pa. river

1-28-14
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Environmental officials say they are monitoring the cleanup a spill of about 1,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River near Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says a pipe ruptured ...

Super Bowl will be coldest, could also be greenest

1-26-14
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The National Football League is hoping its first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl is also its greenest. Since the mid-1990s, the league has been trying to gradually reduce the carbon footprint left behind by the Big ...