Description: Challenge to denial of rulemaking petition requesting that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection adopt rules setting a 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target 50% below 2005 levels and taking other actions.
EmpowerNJ v. Department of Environmental Protection
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/20/2022 Notice of Appeal Download Notice of appeal filed. Groups Challenged New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Denial of Climate Change Rulemaking Petition. In January 2022, EmpowerNJ and other groups filed an appeal in the New Jersey Appellate Division challenging the denial of their rulemaking petition requesting that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopt rules setting a 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target 50% below 2005 levels, implementing the means necessary to achieve the reductions, and imposing restrictions for new fossil fuel projects. NJDEP denied the petition in December 2021, citing the need for “a comprehensive and coordinated approach” to address greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. NJDEP said “no single State agency or any one regulatory reform or set of regulatory reforms … can bring about the structural, economic, and societal changes necessary to reduce the worsening effects of climate change.” 12/14/2021 Notice Download New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection published notice of action on petition for rulemaking. 07/21/2021 Petition for Rulemaking Download Petition filed with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules setting 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and restricting new or expanded fossil fuel infrastructure projects.