Applaud Attorney General Fighting Environmental Injustice

Target: California Attorney General Becerra

Goal: Applaud California Attorney General Becerra for protecting vulnerable communities from disproportionate environmental and public health hazards.

Recently, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra appointed a team of lawyers into the new Bureau of Environmental Justice to fight pollution. More specifically, he is protecting poor communities and people of color’s well-being from disproportionate exposure to pollution. According to the Attorney, these communities often suffer from public health issues because they live next to pollution from industrial development, poor land-use decisions, transportation, and trade corridors.

In Oakland, for example, there is an ongoing case between the city and a company who wishes to transport coal into Oakland via rail. This would contribute to pollution and health-related problems such as asthma in a city that already suffers due to its proximity to highways and the port.

Including this case, the Attorney has filed 30 lawsuits against the federal government. Almost half aim to ensure that children have access to clean air and  clean drinking water. Seven of these lawsuits have won favorable rulings, including one on the city of San Francisco’s failure to enforce energy efficiency standards for polluting products.

The Bureau will prioritize cases that deal with public health hazards. They want to ensure that agencies and businesses are held accountable for cleaning contaminated drinking water, reducing exposure to lead and other toxins, and preventing illegal waste discharges in vulnerable communities. With this new team fighting pollution and challenging federal decisions, we might still see a future of social and environmental justice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Becerra,

You created the Bureau of Environmental Justice to address the disproportionate environmental and public health hazards in poor communities and communities of color. To this day, many low-income communities endure public health problems because they live next to various sources of pollution such as industrial development, transportation, and trade corridors.

Oakland is a famous example of such an affected area where many suffer from the effects of pollution. Because of the city’s proximity to transportation centers such as highways and the port, its citizens are exposed to many public health hazards. Even today, they are working to eliminate lead pollution in their water sources, with seven high schools currently in the process of replacing its water lines and drinking water features.

Without the team you appointed, the federal government would continue to deregulate policies and laws that protect the public, especially poor communities and children, from environmental injustice. I understand that your team has filed 30 lawsuits to date, with more than half aiming to protect children’s access to clean air and clean water. So far, seven of these lawsuits have won favorable rulings. I hope that you continue to monitor the federal government and the Trump administration’s movements to ensure that they do not undermine vulnerable communities. I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude for your passion and for your efforts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Rich Pedroncelli

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One Comment

  1. gen agustsson says:

    noise pollution is environmental injustice.
    air pollution is environmental injustice.
    deforestation for ads are environmental injustice.
    toxic pollution is environmental injustice.
    fracking is environmental injustice.
    waste is environmental injustice.

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