New Jersey communities victimized by industrial pollution are being shortchanged.

No matter how much money our state wins in damages from corporate polluters, there’s a cap on the amount that goes to restore local communities where the contamination happens. The state can divert the rest of the money to completely unrelated projects or use it to cover budget shortfalls.

We’ve seen what happens once pollution destroys open spaces, rivers, and wetlands. Towns become known for their contaminated past and can take decades to rebound – and some never do.

We know if we can get this issue on the ballot next year, New Jersey residents will vote to dedicate every dime in polluter damages to restoring the environment and compensating the public. But the first step in getting it on the ballot is convincing Senate and Assembly leaders to bring the issue to a vote by December 31. 

Add your name to tell legislative leaders:

“New Jersey’s policy that lets claims against big polluters be spent on unrelated budget expenses is bad for families, bad for our local economy, and bad for our environment. Give voters the chance to permanently dedicate these funds to environmental projects. Hold votes in the legislature in 2016 to take the first step in getting this important issue on the ballot next year.”

Organized by:

American Littoral Society
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
League of Conservation Voters
Musconetcong Watershed Association
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters
New York/New Jersey Baykeeper
Pinelands Preservation Alliance

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