Newark Energy Master Plan Hearing
Concerned about air pollution, public health, good local green jobs, environmental justice (EJ), climate change and/or clean energy in Newark?
Then come testify, rally and/or just witness the August 8th public hearing on NJ’s Draft 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP) at Seton Hall Law School, One Newark Center, 1109 Raymond Blvd. in downtown Newark any time from 12 to 7:30 pm (Stay for as long or as little as you can/want).
- Read Empower NJ's Talking Points on the Draft 2019 NJ Energy Master Plan (EMP)
- Read Empower NJ's more detailed comments on the EMP
From ER visits for kids with asthma on bad air days, the storm surge from SuperStorm Sandy and more extreme heat this summer than the suburbs to lost job opportunities and a disproportionate share of major polluters like the airport, idling trucks and busses, the garbage incinerator, frack gas and sewage plants, Newark is ground zero!
Scroll to the bottom here in advance to testify with the NJBPU (see attached for some possible talking points) at the hearing and sign up here to let us know you’re coming whether you testify or not!
Who: Everyone concerned about the impacts of climate change and pollution In Newark and beyond
What: NJ BPU public hearing on the Draft 2019 Energy Master Plan Hearing
When: Thursday, August 8th, any time between 12-7:30 pm - stay for as long or as little as you can/want
Where: Seton Hall Law School, One Newark Center, 1109 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, NJ
Newark is already overburdened by health threatening, climate-changing, job destroying pollution. The city's residents are disproportionately impacted by pollutants such as black carbon, aka soot and particulates, which cause premature death from cancer, respiratory disease, asthma, heart attacks, and strokes. Rising temperatures hit the city harder than the suburbs as the paved landscape traps extreme heat that threatens seniors, babies, and other vulnerable populations. Ozone alerts keep kids indoors on bad air days. Much of Newark including low-income housing communities and the airport lie in flood-prone areas and are increasingly vulnerable.
The draft EMP must take these environmental injustices into consideration yet offersfew specific remedies and may make things worse (see attached discussion points). New Jersey must establish immediate mandatory reductions of climate changing and co-pollutants within EJ communities, as well as prioritize future climate mitigation benefits, funds, and programs to these same communities who have long suffered the harms of polluting facilities.
We need to have a show of numbers at this event to demonstrate that Newarkers demand a better EMP! If you are able, please sign up to testify at the hearing itself. Local voices need to be heard! A list of talking points is attached to help get you started if you'd like. Come for as much time as you are able to as we know people have work, childcare, and other obligations, but the more people that can pack this event even for just part of the time, the stronger our voices will be!
Schedule of opportunities to get involved:
12:00 pm: Press event outside with EJ leaders and supporters
1-4:00 pm: Afternoon hearing and testimony, Larson Auditorium
4-4:30 pm: Potential rally during hearing break
4:30-7:30 pm: Evening hearing, Larson Auditorium
Don’t forget to sign up to:
1. Register in advance to testify through the NJ Board of Public Utilities: https://www.nj.gov/emp/get/ (scroll to bottom of page for sign up); and/or
2. Let us know you’re coming, whether you want to testify or just be there in support: https://forms.gle/EyiiL2ZQB3nh3vZU8