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Press Releases

New Research Report Details How Gov. Christie Helps Oil, Chemical, and Railroad Companies Cover Up Potential Catastrophes

Governor Chris Christie has failed to carry out his legal responsibility under federal law for ensuring that the public has access to up-to-date Emergency Response Plans (ERPs). Every New Jersey county and municipality must have an ERP in order to prepare for chemical plant or oil train emergencies.

Opinion Pieces

June 3, 2014 - The Star Ledger

Chemical Safety Should be Required, Not Just Requested by John Shinn, Director, United Steelworkers District 4 & WEC Board Member and Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club & WEC Board Member

WEC in the News

December 10, 2014
By Scott Fallon/The Record

Group Concerned about Crude Oil on Railways Seeks Access to Emergency Plans
Labor and environmental groups on Tuesday called on the Christie administration to ensure that the public can review local emergency management plans, a concern because large quantities of volatile crude oil are being transported on railways through towns in Bergen County and elsewhere in New Jersey.

December 10, 2014
By Tom Johnson/NJ Spotlight

State Policy on Emergency Response Puts Residents in Harm's Way, Report Says

The Christie administration is failing to ensure the public has access to up-to-date emergency response plans for nearly a hundred facilities handling extremely hazardous chemicals, according to a labor and environmental organization.

November 26, 2014
By Pei-Sze Cheng and Ann Givens/NBC 4 New York

Video: Many Communities in Chemical Risk Zones Are Unaware of the Dangers
"There are hundreds of facilities in New Jersey that use hazardous substances that can affect workers and the community," said Rick Engler, director of the New Jersey Work Environmental Council.