State Of The Air: New Jersey

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Kate has been involved in environmental advocacy and management for most of her life. She started by attending work with her own mother at a New Jersey Watershed Association when she was 12. Kate, her husband, and their twins now live in Collingswood, NJ. She is available to connect families across New Jersey with each other and their local governments so that we can together build a greener and cleaner environment for our children. 


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Here’s what we’re working on in New Jersey:

We are fighting global warming in New Jersey by supporting policies that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants. In New Jersey, with 127 miles of coastline–that are incredibly vulnerable to sea level rise–we have seen first-hand how climate-fueled extreme weather events can hurt the health, safety, and economy of our state. Hurricane Sandy cost New Jersey over $30 billion in losses, destroyed or damaged more than 346,000 homes, and killed 12 people in our state. We are also concerned about sea level rise in a coastal state that cherishes its beaches and thrives on beach-related tourism. Limiting the pollution that affects our weather and threatens our coastal resources is more important than ever.

New Jersey is one of more than two dozen states now suing the Environmental Protection Agency over America’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants on a state-by-state basis. Moms Clean Air Force, along with partners and coalition members, is working tirelessly to encourage the administration to reconsider this decision by meeting with key stakeholders and legislators to discuss the benefits of America’s Clean Power Plan to New Jersey families, and our economy.

We want strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development. New Jersey abuts the Marcellus shale region, and so has been a dumping ground for fracking waste. Such waste often contains cancer-causing chemicals that pollute our drinking water and our air. New Jersey also experiences the regional air pollution associated with burgeoning, unregulated oil and gas operations, including smog-forming pollutants that can trigger asthma attacks and increase the risk of lung infections. Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey has a special interest in working to ensure that the strongest possible standards are adapted to protect us from fracking pollution.

As a manufacturing state, New Jersey is home to many chemical facilities and our communities are vulnerable to possible chemical disasters. Ninety New Jersey facilities, in 19 of the state’s 21 counties, still use highly hazardous chemicals that could pose a catastrophic risk to millions of New Jersey residents in the case of an accident or attack. As a result of this local threat, and because there is a need for families to speak up about these dangers, Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey has joined the Chemical Facility Safety and Security Coalition to strengthen rules and regulations around chemical facilities. This group initiated a pilot in the New York-New Jersey area bringing together regional Federal employees and State and local agencies to develop novel solutions to safety and security challenges at chemical facilities. Through our work with this coalition, the New Jersey Chapter of Moms Clean Air Force has met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, and other staff members at EPA and the White House to make the case for strong regulations and highlight the need for inherently safer technologies. We do this to protect the precious children of New Jersey.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey holds various events throughout the year to achieve our goals, with our key event being our Mama Summit, which is held every spring at the State House.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey is supporting national efforts:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies that will reduce carbon emissions, and decrease dangerous co-pollutants, such as mercury. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy– which cost New Jersey over $30 billion in losses, destroyed or damaged over 346,000 homes and killed 12 people in New Jersey–limiting the pollution that affects our weather is more important than ever. We are advocating for New Jersey to re-join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).
Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development. New Jersey has been a dumping ground for fracking waste–filled with cancer causing chemicals that pollute our drinking water and our air. We support the Pinelands Commission, advocating to keep a pipeline out of our state. We are working with New Jersey communities that are affected by fracking waste and nearby compressor stations.

Healthy Schools: Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey is working closely with the Healthy Schools Now coalition to get sponsors for a bill that would protect children from extreme weather in classrooms. Many of the New Jersey schools are old and do not have proper heating and cooling systems in the classrooms, causing increased incidents of asthma related illnesses during high heat days, and often the students are working at their chilly desks during extreme cold wearing their winter coats.

New Jersey’s electricity generation by source, 2014:

  • Nuclear (48%)

  • Natural Gas (45%)

  • Coal (4%)

  • Renewables (2%)

  • Petroleum (1%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, Over 17,000 children have asthma in Bergen County, NJ

New Jersey withdrew from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a nine-state cap-and-trade system to limit power plant emissions associated with climate change, even though New Jersey has reported such poor air quality

According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, Mercer County, New Jersey reported 19 code orange high ozone days in 2016

According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report, the New York-Newark metropolitan area remained among the 25 worst areas in the nation in ozone pollution and short-term measurements of fine particle pollution

EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will prevent up to 320 premature deaths in New Jersey while creating up to $2.6 billion in health benefits in 2016

New Jersey’s power plants emit as much carbon pollution as 3.7 million cars

The five most polluting power plants in New Jersey represent 65% of our power plant emissions, but only 35% of the energy generated

New Jersey’s total health benefits as a result of the final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will be between $3.8 billion and $9.4 billion each year

Moms Clean Air Force, a Million Moms and Dads Strong

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 24, 2017
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How to Call Your Elected Officials

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 1, 2017
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Job Opening: New Jersey Field Organizer

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON June 27, 2016
Moms Clean Air Force is seeking a highly motivated individual in New Jersey who is dedicated to children’s health and addressing climate change. This part-time position will be dedicated to executing an issue-based campaign in order to: Develop a strong coalition of partners and supermoms...

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Trisha Sheehan at a Newark press conference on safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. March, 2014

Trisha Sheehan at a Newark press conference on safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.





Upcoming Events

Past Events

June 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Monmouth County Family Day.

May 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted Advocacy 101: Learn how to create change  at Cherry Hill Library.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Mama Summit in Trenton–parents, kids and concerned citizens from across the State united to ask our elected officials to protect our children from the effects of toxic air pollution.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey met with Congressman Norcross to discuss clean air and kids’ health.

April 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Cherry Hill GreenFest.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey participated in the March for Science in Trenton.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Run for Clean Air in Philadelphia.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a panel discussion for community members interested in learning about the Jersey Renews coalition. At the Kroc Center in Camden, more than 40 participants gathered to unite and demonstrate the depth of community leaders concerned about the public health impacts of climate change. Through the Jersey Renews coalition, Moms Clean Air Force has joined unions of university faculty, steelworkers, nurses and more than 40 other organizations representing community members, faith leaders and workers calling on New Jersey leaders to protect citizens from climate pollution. Event attendees learned about state-based solutions, including the expansion of New Jersey’s clean energy goals, and the importance of domestic sourcing, particularly for offshore wind. Speakers also addressed public health impacts, particularly for children, and articulated the moral argument for action on climate change.

Moms Clean Air Force field director, Gretchen Dahlkemper spoke at a press event with Senator Cory Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone in Edison, NJ about the impact of EPA budget cuts.

February 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey field consultant, Kate and members attended a Townhall hosted by Congressman Donald Norcross.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted a Senator Valentine’s writing gathering at Nesting House in Collingswood, NJ.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Camden Town Hall Meeting.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the Pinelands Commission pipeline vote at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – Cherry Hill.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance Roundtable.

January 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey joined Jersey Renews, a coalition of over 30 labor, faith, community, and environmental organizations that urging elected officials in New Jersey to act now on Climate Change.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Pinelands Commission meeting to voice public comment in opposition to the proposed South Jersey pipeline.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey field consultant, Kate Schumacher participated in the Women’s March on Washington.

September 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey was represented at the Monday, September 26 presidential debate.

June 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Healthy Schools Now Coalition Meeting in Trenton.

May 2016:

On May 13, Trisha Sheehan attended a petition delivery to the EPA for comments on the chemical facility safety and security docket. Moms Clean Air Force garnered 4116 petition signers.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Work Environment Council Best Practices Event, Building Community Partnerships for Success, at New Jersey Education Association.

April 2016: 

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Read-In and Earth Day activities in Wenonah, NJ.

March, 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a press conference to highlight the findings of a study they participated in. The report is titled: Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the linings of Canned Food. 

November, 2015:

NJ Work Environment Council Awards Dinner | This event honored the achievements of partners working with the NJ Work Environment Council. The Healthy Schools Now Coalition that Moms Clean Air Force participates in was one of the 2015 honorees.

May 2015: Mama Summit in Trenton | More than 50 New Jersey families and partners participated in the 2015 Mama Summit, with a powerhouse of strong women partners and supermoms speaking at the press conference. Republican Senator Robert Singer and Democrat John McKeon stopped by to greet participants and to talk about the importance of parents coming to Trenton to advocate for children’s health.

August 2014: Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Play-In for Climate Action in conjunction with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection public hearing in support of efforts to keep New Jersey in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 16 kids and 11 adults gathered in Mill Hill Park in Trenton, where children made signs and played parachute games. We marched to the NJ DEP to urge the administration to rejoin RGGI at the public hearing held on August 8th, where children and their mothers testified to together.

May 2014: Mama Summit in Trenton | Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members gathered at the state capitol to urge elected officials to take action on climate change for the sake of our families’ health and future generations.

February 2014: Moms Clean Air Force joined residents, community, labor, and environmental leaders at a federal listening session in Newark, NJ to urge the EPA to take bold steps to prevent toxic chemical spills and to require chemical facilities to use safer chemicals and processes where available. New Jersey has 76 high risk chemical facilities, and 68 of them are within one mile of a school. Children with developing immune systems are more susceptible to harmful chemical effects.

October 2013: New Jersey moms marched in Washington, DC to advocate for toxic chemical reform. New Jersey members met with Senator Menendez and Rep. Pallone to urge them to support toxic chemical reform.

Visiting Senator Pallone's DC office. October 2013

Visiting Senator Pallone’s DC office.


Chris Christie

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US Senate

Cory Booker

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  • One Port Center
    2 Riverside Drive, Suite 505
    Camden, NJ 08101
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  • Phone: (856) 338-8922
  • Twitter: @CoryBooker

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Robert Menendez

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US House of Representatives

Donald Norcross (District 1)

Frank LoBiondo (District 2)

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  • 5914 Main Street Suite 103
    Mays Landing, NJ 08330-1746
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (609) 625-5008
  • Twitter: @RepLoBiondo

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Tom MacArthur (District 3)

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Chris Smith (District 4)

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  • 112 Village Center Drive
    Second Floor
    Raintree Shopping Center
    Freehold, N.J. 07728
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (732) 780-3035
  • Twitter: @RepChrisSmith

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Josh Gottheimer (District 5)

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Frank Pallone, Jr. (District 6)

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Leonard Lance (District 7)

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Albio Sires (District 8)

  • Bayonne City Hall 630
    Avenue C, Room 9
    Bayonne, NJ 07002
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (201) 823-2900
  • Twitter: @RepSires

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Bill Pascrell (District 9)

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Donald M. Payne, Jr. (District 10)

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Rodney Frelinghuysen (District 11)

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Bonnie Watson Coleman (District 12)

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