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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Sent By:
Lauren.Vernon@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsors (29): A. Donald McEachin, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Nanette Diaz Barragan, Donald S. Beyer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Judy Chu, Yvette D. Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Jesús Chuy Garcia, Jimmy Gomez, Debra A. Haaland, Pramila Jayapal, Barbara Lee, Alan
S. Lowenthal, Grace Meng, Joe Neguse, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Janice D. Schakowsky, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Nydia Velázquez, Suzanne Bonamici, Jared Huffman, Bennie G. Thompson, Ilhan Omar, André Carson, Bill Foster, Karen Bass, Grace Napolitano

Dear Colleague:

Environmental policy should be based on justice and equity for all people, and we need new legislation to make that happen. Children of color continue to suffer from unusually high asthma rates. Major pollution sources – including chemical plants, fossil
fuel refineries, and waste incinerators – still disproportionately harm low income communities and are often located not far from a school or residential neighborhood.

Putting national limits on pollutants is important, but it’s not enough. Real environmental justice means taking the next step: giving
all Americans the legal tools they need to protect their health and quality of life.

That’s why we just introduced H.R. 5986, the Environmental Justice for All Act. Our bill is the product of a multi-year collaborative effort based on extensive public feedback and serious engagement with hundreds of environmental justice groups. A public
draft of the bill received several hundred written comments from environmental justice leaders and everyday Americans, and we improved it based on their feedback.

This bill was written by the people, for the people. Among other features, the Environmental Justice for All Act:

  • creates a Federal Energy Transition Economic Development Assistance Fund – paid for through new fees on oil, gas and coal companies – to support communities and workers as they transition away from greenhouse gas-dependent economies;
  • requires federal agencies to consider cumulative health impacts under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act when making permitting decisions and helps ensure that newly permitted projects do not harm human health;
  • strengthens the Civil Rights Act to permit private citizens and organizations facing discrimination to seek legal remedies, overturning the notorious
    Alexander v. Sandoval ruling; and
  • provides $75 million in annual grants for research and program development to reduce health disparities and improve public health in environmental justice communities.

We invite you to join our effort to protect the public from pollution and ensure that all voices are heard in federal decision making. If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor H.R. 5986, please contact Matthew Muirragui in Chair Grijalva’s office
at matthew.muirragui@mail.house.gov or 5-6065 or Corey Solow in Congressman McEachin’s office at
corey.solow@mail.house.gov or 5-6365.

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Agriculture, Appropriations, Budget, Civil Rights, Education, Energy, Environment, Family Issues, HealthCare, Judiciary, Labor, Natural Resources, Rules/Legislative Branch, Transportation

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 5986
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