The Littoral Society Applauds Reintroduction of The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act
In early June, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congressman A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) reintroduced the Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act, a bill aimed at eliminating pollution that has disproportionately harmed communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities for generations.
The bill is wholeheartedly supported by the American Littoral Society.
“Fixing our water and sewer systems is a matter of racial justice," said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the Littoral Society. "Communities that were once redlined are now twice as likely to live with toxic flooding, lead pipes and unfishable riverfronts. Senator Booker and Congressman McEachin’s bill is a welcome step to bring clean water and green jobs where they’re needed most. We urge local and federal lawmakers to work together to bring these investments home to the Delaware Valley.”
This critical legislation would invest over $200 billion to clean up legacy pollution. It is co-sponsored by Senators Schatz (D-HI), Smith (D-MN), Durbin (D-IL), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wyden (D-OR), Sanders (I-VT), Duckworth (D-IL), Markey (D-MA), Gillibrand (D-NY), Van Hollen (D-MD), Warren (D-MA), Blumenthal (D-CT), Merkley (D-OR) and Padilla (D-CA).
“In our nation, the biggest determining factor of whether you live near toxic pollution, whether you drink contaminated water, or whether you breathe dirty air is the color of your skin and your economic status,” said Senator Booker. “That’s wrong, and it’s time to make it right. In order for communities of color, low-income communities, and Indigenous communities to thrive, this legacy of environmental injustice must be addressed. The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act will make the necessary federal investments to clean up this legacy pollution, and I plan to fight to have this funding included in the upcoming infrastructure and climate change legislation.”
“All Americans should have the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment, regardless of their zip code or socioeconomic status. For generations, low-income communities and communities of color have been subjected to legacy pollution and have suffered adverse health effects as a result. For too long, environmental hazards, like toxic waste sites and contaminated water lines, threaten the well-being of our communities,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “We must keep environmental justice issues at the forefront of every discussion and work to combat these inequities. The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act is a monumental step towards rectifying the harm these communities face. Not only will it help clean up pollution in our communities, it will help hold large corporations accountable and ensure healthier outcomes for future generations.”
The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act would:
Cleanup Toxic Sites
Improve Air Quality
Address Lead, Clean Water, and Sanitation Issues
Click here to learn more about The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act.