Press Releases

February 24, 2015
N.J. Work Environment Council Director Rick Engler Appointed by President Obama to U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board


December 9, 2014
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

April 7, 2015 - Star Ledger
Growing Number Of Oil Train Accidents Should Be A Wake Up Call For Christie Administration by Janice Selinger and Jeffrey Moran

Under the federal law, the Christie administration must ensure that every county and municipality has an up-to-date emergency response plan that is accessible to the public


January 8, 2015 - Star Ledger
NJ Supreme Court Should Protect Workplace Whistleblower
by David Tykulsker, WEC General Counsel and Attorney in Montclair

What happens if a nurse at a New Jersey hospital or nursing home observes a legal violation that endangers patient care, informs her supervisor, and is fired for doing so?


December 26, 2014 - The Record
Time for Gubernatorial Action on Oil Trains by Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of Greenfaith & WEC

President-Elec and Senator Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg

The governor's failure to ensure public oversight required by law has serious consequences.

The hazards posed to residents and workers in Bergen County, as well as to other parts of New Jersey, by new ultra-flammable Bakken oil shipments on our railroads have been well-documented by The Record's Scott Fallon. The issue our state now faces is: Who has the responsibility to do something about it?

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.