For Immediate Release
At last night’s meeting, the City Council of Jersey City passed a resolution to oppose a plan by NJ Transit to build a massive new gas-fired power plant in the Kearny Meadowlands. The resolution calls on Governor Murphy to direct NJ Transit to replace the polluting proposal with a clean energy alternative for public transit resiliency.
“We applaud the Jersey City administration for taking a stand against the dirty energy plant and supporting the well-being of our community,” said Melanie Segal, Jersey City resident and board member of The Climate Mobilization Hoboken. “The welfare of our residents depends on Governor Murphy rejecting the NJ Transit fracked gas power plant and promoting a renewable alternative in line with New Jersey's own pledge for 100% clean energy in the next 30 years. We hope to see Jersey City continuing to take bold and necessary steps in the fight against climate change.”
The proposed power plant, part of the agency’s TRANSITGRID project, would be a major new source of toxic air pollution in an area already struggling with some of the worst air quality in the country. The plant is projected to release over half a million metric tons of carbon pollution every year.
“Governor Murphy cannot have it both ways. If he is serious about climate action and building New Jersey’s clean energy future, he must stop dirty energy projects like the NJ Transit fracked gas power plant,” said Food & Water Action organizer Sam DiFalco. “There is no way to meet his administration’s own clean energy goals if he approves new long-term sources of climate pollution. And this proposal directly contradicts the Governors’ commitment to protect public health for our most vulnerable residents, which takes on even more urgency during the COVID-19 pandemic. If Governor Murphy means what he says about climate leadership and environmental justice, then he must stop this dirty power plant.”
Environmental groups and local communities have been organizing informational forums, conducting outreach to directly impacted communities, and speaking out at board meetings of NJ Transit. This community movement seeks to stop the project, and to promote clean, renewable alternatives. Local residents and leaders in other towns are working to get their councils to pass similar resolutions against the project.
In taking this action, Jersey City joins Hoboken, Kearny, Alpine, Ridgefield and Teaneck in opposing the project. “This is a chance for Jersey City-- and the entire state of NJ-- to restore trust in government by insisting that NJ Transit look at clean renewable energy resources for this project,” said Steve Krinsky, membership manager of the Hudson Sierra Club. “Today's NY Times spoke of rising sea levels along the Atlantic Coast; we got hit hard this week by flooding. Renewables help fight climate change and sea rise, create green jobs and protect our health and our environment.”
"As a young person fighting for climate and environmental justice, I am empowered by my fellow activists and I applaud the City Council's decision today,” said Logan Miller, a Jersey City resident and student at the Hudson School. “We are fighting for my future."
“The proposed plant in Kearny would spew toxic pollution into our windows from less than a mile away. We in Jersey City and all of Hudson County have lived for generations in the shadow of the Hudson Generating Station coal fired power plant, the Essex Incinerator and a host of other major air-pollution sources,” said David Case, Chair of the Hudson Sierra Club. “Almost every major polluting power plant in New Jersey is located within 25 miles of our homes. Exhaust fumes from three major highways choke our lungs. Black, brown, and economically challenged communities in Hudson County have born the costs of fossil fuel air and water pollution in New Jersey for too long.”