State Of The Air: New Jersey

Trisha SheehanContact Trisha Sheehan at tsheehan@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Trisha manages the field staff and volunteers across the country to develop and deploy strategic plans to increase grassroots advocacy on key environmental issues at the local, state and federal level. Trisha works with elected officials to advocate for strong policies at every level of government to protect our children’s health from toxic chemicals, air pollution and the impacts from climate change. Trisha lives in New Jersey with her three young sons.

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

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey brings attention to issues and policies that impact clean air, climate change and children’s health. We fight for a world free of harmful chemicals in our air, water and food, so children can grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive. We educate and activate moms and their families to work with local, state and federal leaders to advance clean air policies and climate solutions. We are building a community of moms who care by meeting with elected officials, organizing and attending local events, speaking at community meetings and press conferences, and serving as a media resource on behalf of our children’s and community’s health. By collectively speaking out against air pollution and climate change, we are creating a powerful force in New Jersey that is rooted in the love we have for our children.

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 former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, former EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus 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.

Please join us in this fight for cleaner air and climate solutions in New Jersey.

Moms Clean Air Force Programs in New Jersey:

Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities.  We educate, empower and mobilize Moms in their hometowns to work with their local elected leaders to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community and take action on climate change.   We also train Moms to join boards and commissions and urge them to run for office.

Our Baby Power program educates and engages expectant and new moms on our issues with the message:  every baby has the power to make you want to change the world.

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

Stopping the Rollbacks of Environmental Protections:  We are working hard to oppose the assaults on our bedrock environmental laws by the Trump Administration and EPA leadership, including:

  • Climate Change: We are fighting the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal America’s Clean Power Plan that sought to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dangerous co-pollutants, and achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Smog: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s EPA proposal to weaken national smog standards.
  • Clean Cars: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back sensible fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The current clean car standards would prevent 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution by 2025 and save American families $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
  • Mercury: We are opposing the attempt by the Trump Administration to loosen regulations that reduce the harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016) that keeps toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day.
  • Natural Gas Pollution: We are opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back Federal methane rules for new sources, weakening the limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry is allowed to vent, leak and burn. We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.
  • EPA Budget: We are fighting to ensure the EPA budget is fully funded, opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to gut its budget by more than 25%.

Fighting to Make Climate Progress:

  • Clean Energy: We are working to build support at the local, state and federal level to ensure that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.
  • Tell Your Governor: Take the Lead on Climate Action:  With America’s departure from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the responsibility for climate action now falls on others: States, municipalities, businesses, universities and communities. With the federal government surrendering its chance to lead on climate action, our states must be as aggressive as possible in the effort to thwart global warming and protect the health of our children. Let your governor know that you demand climate action and you need them to take the lead.

New Jersey’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Nuclear (54%)

  • Natural Gas (40%)

  • Coal (2%)

  • Other (3%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, over 16,000 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 2018 State of the Air report, Mercer County, New Jersey reported 28 code orange high ozone days in 2017

According to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air report, the New York-Newark metropolitan area remained among the 25 worst areas in the nation for ozone 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



Join Us and Rise For Climate

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON August 30, 2018
On September 8, we’re joining a global day of action at the Rise For Climate rally. Moms Clean Air Force will march with thousands of climate activists at rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to put our families...

TOPICS: Activism, California, Carbon Pollution, Climate Change, Economics, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Politics, Renewable Energy, Social Justice, Texas

Climate Change Increases Wildfires: Find Out How Your Region Is Affected

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON July 27, 2018
This wildfire resource is from Climate Signals: Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires through warmer temperatures and drier conditions that lengthen wildfire season, increase the chances of a fire starting, and help a burning fire spread. Warmer and drier conditions also contribute to...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, California, Children's Health, Climate Change, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Science, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Play-in for Climate Action 2018 Photos and More!

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON July 15, 2018
We were excited to host our 5th annual Play-In for Climate Action this week. Hundreds of parents and children from 30 states gathered near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC to call for meaningful action on climate change. This family-friendly protest against the air pollution that...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, Environment, EPA, Florida, Georgia, Great Lakes, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Latino Community, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, MCAF News, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Motherhood, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The State of Your Air 2018

BY Molly Rauch ON April 20, 2018
How does your city stack up when it comes to air pollution? The American Lung Association helps sort it out in their new report: State of the Air 2018. The results are troubling. More than 40% of Americans live in counties where the air is...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Alaska, Asthma, California, Children's Health, Colorado, Florida, Fracking, Georgia, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Natural Gas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ozone, Pennsylvania, Pollution, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

Does Your State Have a Climate Adaptation Plan?

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON March 23, 2018
As parents, one of our key and foremost concerns is keeping our children safe. Under the Trump administration’s philosophy of shrinking government, a slew of protections to children’s health are being sliced away. There is no regard for the potential ramifications. This is of particular...

TOPICS: Alaska, California, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Heat and Extreme Weather, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Toxics, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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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.

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September 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members attended and spoke at the Morristown Peoples Climate Movement event.

July 2018:

Members of Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

November 2017:

National field manager, Trisha Sheehan testified at an EPA Clean Power Plan hearing held in Charleston, WV.

September 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey co-sponsored a webinar, “Our Homes, Our Votes: Voter Registration and Mobilization for Low-Income Voters”. The webinar covered the critical importance of helping low-income individuals register to vote, voter eligibility requirements, available voter registration resources, fitting voter registration into our regular work, specific voter registration activities, and voter mobilization efforts.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Echo Hill Environmental Center in Hunterdon County.

August 2017: 

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended a Resistance Town Hall with Rep. Frank Pallone and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman at the Labor Education Center in New Brunswick.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended Save the EPA: 7th District Forum on Trump’s Budget hosted by Food & Water Watch at the Borough of Somerville Library.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey  attended a Food & Water Watch forum focused on protecting our health and environment and saving the EPA budget.

Moms Clean Air Force field manager, Trisha Sheehan spoke at a press conference attended by federal, state and local elected officials, New Jersey environmental leaders and concerned citizens at the base of a bridge destroyed by Superstorm Sandy to oppose proposed cuts to the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department that would cause deep and lasting harm to our water, air, and land. Speaking with one voice, lawmakers from both parties called on the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to reject the FY18 budget unless it contains full and fair funding for the agencies that protect our health and environment.

Moms Clean Air Force super volunteer, Tammi Bathke presented on a panel discussion in Atlantic City on why we need offshore wind to protect the health of our children.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members attended a Community Townhall with Senator Booker and Congressman Norcross (CD-1).

July 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey exhibited at The 2017 QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning held in Hunterdon County, NJ.

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey members attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC.

June 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force New Jersey attended the Sustainable New Jersey Summit at The College of New Jersey.

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.

Governor

Phil Murphy

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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)

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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)

  • 126 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-5801
  • Twitter: @RepBonnie

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Take a look at what we’ve been up to in New Jersey: