Energy and the Environment
Congressman Pascrell has spent 16 years in Congress fighting for the protection and preservation of our air, land, and water, in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Americans. He believes that we must take back our finite natural resources from polluting industries that favor the bottom line over the public's interest in a clean and healthy environment, and has taken an active role in advancing legislation that achieves this goal.
As such, he was proud to fight for key energy provisions in the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," stimulus legislation signed into law by President Obama. To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on polluting fossil fuels, this legislation increases renewable energy production and renovates public buildings to make them more energy efficient. It also provided funding to improve the energy efficiency of more than 1 million modest-income homes through weatherization, saving low and middle class families money and lowering our emissions of greenhouse gases.
In addition, this stimulus legislation provides $19 billion for clean water, flood control, and environmental restoration investments, which will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Bill was a member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment for ten years, and has long advocated for these investments in clean water infrastructure.
But this is not enough. Much of the stimulus' water infrastructure funding is in loans, and communities simply can't afford to pay back loans in these tough economic times. Because of this, Bill has worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft legislation that authorizes grant funding for municipalities to upgrade clean water infrastructure, to protect the public health from dangerous pollution and create badly needed jobs. Congressman Pascrell's "Water Quality Investment Act", HR 895, was introduced in 2009 to ensure that our cities and towns have the funds they need to repair aging sewer systems that overflow during wet weather events. This critical legislation was passed in the House of Representatives during the 111th Congress.
He also continues to fight every day for tough clean water standards and the federal dollars to help states meet their commitments. He works hand in hand with the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA, steering dollars to important flood control and mitigation projects such as the Peckman River, while ensuring the protection of our natural habitats.
Bill has made it a priority to ensure the cleanup of polluted and contaminated sites that are the legacy of industrialization throughout the 8th Congressional District. Bill has worked to secure federal support to aid in the removal of thorium in Wayne, radium in West Orange, Montclair and Glen Ridge, and abandoned chemical facilities in Clifton. Bill is dedicated to the full and complete cleanup of the contaminated lower 17 miles of the Passaic River, and continues to hold polluters accountable for the cleanup and mitigation of environmental contamination in residential Pompton Lakes.
A lifelong resident of Paterson, Bill has dedicated himself to bringing much deserved recognition and resources to the Great Falls Historic District in Paterson, where Alexander Hamilton famously implemented his vision of an economically-secure America. In a fruitful partnership with community leaders, Bill has made important strides towards one day realizing the vision of the Great Falls as both a tourist destination and a refuge for local residents, most recently passing legislation to create a National Historical Park at the site. More information about the Great Falls can be found here.
Bill is one of the most stalwart supporters of environmental conservation in the United States Congress. He will work every day to promote policies that ensure that we give the next generation an environment as breathtaking as the one we have received.
More on Energy and the Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Following reports of elevated pollution levels in the Hackensack River from recent sediment samples, Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging swift action in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to finalize the Agency’s review of the site and determine if it should be added to the Superfund National Priorities List. Such a determination is critical for developing a cleanup plan and holding contaminators responsible.
PATERSON – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement regarding the announcement from U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the appointments of Dr. John Lawrence and Dr. Hilary Ballon to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (NHP) Advisory Commission.
MOONACHIE, N.J. – Today, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06) hosted a press conference in Moonachie, NJ calling on the State to respond to the findings of improper management, oversight, and disbursement of federal recovery dollars to Hammerman & Gainer Inc. in a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General OIG audit.
PATERSON, N.J. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalization of its plan to address groundwater contaminated with hexavalent chromium, an extremely toxic compound that can cause cancer, kidney and liver damage and other serious health impacts, at the Garfield Groundwater Contamination Superfund site in Garfield.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) led a bipartisan letter to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to update lead action levels to reflect the latest science as they undertake long-term revisions of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).
PATERSON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) commented on the finalization of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (NHP) General Management Plan / Environmental Assessment (GMP/EA). This report was prepared over four years and is intended to guide management of the park over the next 20 years.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today announced new legislation that would help schools and childcare centers test their drinking water for potential lead contamination. The bill, a companion to a bill being authored by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would establish a new federal grant program for childcare centers and schools that choose to test for lead.
State received only $15M of potential $300M in available resiliency dollars
PATERSON, NJ – FEMA has agreed to review certain areas that do not flood historically. [January 22, 2016]
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) stood with Paterson residents and local officials today to announce progress for Paterson residents who have erroneously been placed in flood zones by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Pascrell had intervened on behalf of residents and officials to assist with the map revisions process.
PATERSON, NJ – State lost out on North Jersey projects totaling over $300 million [January 22, 2016]
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) responded to today to the release of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding for the National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC). According to HUD Secretary Julián Castro, New Jersey was only able to secure $15 million in grant funding, missing out on over $300 million in flood relief project funding for North Jersey.