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April 20, 2010

Contact: Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994
Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795

COMMISSIONER MARTIN KICKS OFF EARTH WEEK
WITH TRENTON LITTER CLEANUP

(10/P26) TRENTON -Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin kicked off a statewide celebration of this week’s 40th anniversary of Earth Day today when he joined a team of youths and adults at Trenton City Hall for the start of the annual Trenton Litter March.

Commissioner Martin provided opening remarks to the group, lauding their efforts as they embarked on a citywide cleanup - one of a host of events taking place statewide this week, which is designated as Environmental Education Week 2010 in New Jersey.

“On the eve of the 40th birthday of the DEP and during Earth Week, we are all reminded of the immense responsibility the DEP has to preserve the environment and natural resources for our children and future generations,’’ Commissioner Martin said. “I ask all residents of New Jersey to actively participate in keeping our state green and clean.’’

The goals of the DEP, said the Commissioner, are much the same as they were in 1970, namely ensuring clean air and a clean water supply, preserving open space, cleaning up contaminated land, managing solid waste and managing land use.

“Governor Christie and I are committed to preserving the environment and natural resources of New Jersey, just as Governor Cahill did when he signed legislation to create the DEP on April 22, 1970,’’ said Commissioner Martin.

He will tour the state this week to participate in a host of Earth Day events, including a Wednesday stop at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook, where he will meet with students and tour bay and dune areas.

The Commissioner also will be at the Shore on Thursday in a joint gathering in Long Branch to discuss key shore protection issues with Governor Chris Christie and former Governor Thomas Kean, and the kids of the COA Ocean Emotion program.

Also on Commissioner Martin’s tour will be stops on Thursday in Pennington at the Earth Day program run by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, and a Friday morning visit to the Essex County Vocational Schools “Green Energy Academy’’ in Bloomfield.

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