Sign on to Support Environmental Justice
It is a fundamental human right, and part of the Massachusetts State Constitution, that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and live in a clean and healthful environment. Despite this, low-income communities and communities of color are more likely than wealthy, predominantly white neighborhoods to be in the shadows of dirty power plants, garbage incinerators, leaking landfills, and other obvious dangers to public health.

The Environmental Justice Act, House Bill H.2913 / Senate Bill S.426 was introduced this legislative session by State Representatives RoseLee Vincent and Michelle DuBois and State Senator Jamie Eldridge. This Act would make environmental justice a legislative mandate for all state regulatory agencies, in order to protect the health of all communities, particularly those at risk of being harmed by high-pollution industries. It would require all state agencies to develop policies to ensure that low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities have the right to participate in decision-making when polluting industries want to move into their neighborhoods. The Act would also require regulators to actively protect vulnerable communities from bearing an unfair and disproportionate share of pollution, environmental degradation, and risks to public health.

Please endorse below on behalf of your organization or as an individual. By endorsing, you give the Coalition permission to list your organization/business publicly as supporting the Environmental Justice Act.

Feel free to use this letter and distribute it to allies and friends. For any questions, please contact: Richard M. Juang, Staff Attorney for Alternatives for Community & Environment, 617-861-1401 richard@ace-ej.org or Joel Wool, Energy & Environment Advocate, Clean Water Action, 978-697-0361, jwool@cleanwater.org

UPDATE - THE EJ BILL HAS MOVED FORWARD and is now in House Ways and Means. You can still endorse the bill here.

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