Energy and the Environment

Green Jobs

The state of New Jersey has one of the highest numbers of homes and businesses in the nation that incorporate solar panels, and the acceleration of wind turbine projects can be seen along the Jersey coastline.  As the world takes an increased interest in environmental monitoring, management, and regulatory compliance, green jobs and training must be a priority for the future of New Jersey.  My GREEN Jobs Act will increase access to loans for green small businesses that create jobs to retrofit buildings, install and replace solar panels, regulate waste, clean up contamination, and collect samples to help monitor pollution levels are expanding exponentially.  By the year 2016, it is projected that these fields will increase by 28%. The GREEN Jobs Act will accelerate that growth so that New Jersey and America leads the way in innovation and creating jobs in emerging green energy fields.

Smart Grids

Recent events such as Hurricane Sandy and the hacking of our power grid systems have hihglighted the vulnerabilities that exist in the nation’s power grid. My SMART Grid Study Act will provide a comprehensive assessment of steps needed  to upgrade our electric grid, making it stronger and smarter in the face of natural disasters and cyber attacks.  Expanding and strengthening the capabilities of our electrical power system in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover faster from disasters is not only essential to both protecting our national security, but it is critical to creating jobs and building a more energy-efficient and green future.

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June 25, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. co-sponsored the Moving Forward Act today.  The $1.5 trillion bill (H.R. 2) would provide funds to build or repair critical roads, bridges and other infrastructure throughout the country as well as build schools, create new housing, and expand the nation’s broadband Internet access.  In addition, it would allocate at least $7.6 billion for rail projects along the Northeast Corridor, such as the Hudson River Tunnel.            

August 12, 2019 Press Release
“As a resident and representative of Newark, I am very concerned about the discovery of elevated levels of lead in Newark’s water supply. Traditionally, Newark has been known for the quality of its water and had been known for some of the cleanest water in the country. We need to find out what is happening in the pipes that carry this water from the aquifers to our faucets to solve and rectify this issue immediately.
June 5, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States will exit the Paris climate agreement.
December 8, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement on House passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act.
November 28, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increased the amount of renewable fuel that must be added to the nation’s gasoline supply.
November 1, 2016 Press Release
Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined Kim Gaddy, Environmental Justice Organizer for Clean Water Action and a member of the Coalition for Healthy Ports (CHP), for an environmental justice tour of the Port of New York and New Jersey and surrounding neighborhoods, including the Ironbound and South Ward.
July 26, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today announced that the Department of the Army has awarded a $14,584,080 contract to DonJon Marine Company, Inc. to perform maintenance dredging of Newark Bay.
April 11, 2016 Press Release
Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and State Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) held a press conference at the LeRoy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building in Newark to call for lead testing in schools’ drinking water and to urge Congress to pass Congressman Payne, Jr.’s TEST for Lead Act, which would require states to help schools test for lead if those states receive federal funding for safe water programs.
March 23, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced the TEST for Lead Act, which updates the Safe Drinking Water Act to require states that receive certain federal funds to assist public and charter schools in establishing programs to test for lead in drinking water and to disclose the results if elevated lead levels are found.