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NJ Transit Restores Rail Service

NEWARK – NJ Transit has restored rail service to most of its destinations, though some stops are still being skipped because of flooding and all trains are subject to delays. Buses are operating on a regular weekday schedule, though there may still be delays, detours and cancellations due to flooding.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to strip the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its authority over state water quality.

Irene Creates Blood Emergency

STATE – In addition to widespread flooding and power outages, Hurricane Irene also caused a blood shortage, according to New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center. The supply of several blood types, including O-negative (“universal donor”) blood, which is normally maintained at the three-to-five-day inventory level, has dropped below the two-day minimum level.

Irene’s Aftereffects Linger

STATE – As residents continue the cleanup process after Hurricane Irene and head back to work today, Gov. Chris Christie said that the storm likely caused “billions of dollars” if not “tens of billions of dollars” to the U.S. economy.

Irene Could Have Been Worse

From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene’s winds and storm surge fell short of the doomsday predictions but the danger is far from over as rising rivers threaten severe flooding across much of the affected region over the next few days.