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Democrats Reintroduce Measure to Address Racial Disparities in Environmental Impacts

Senate Democrats and their counterparts in the House on Thursday reintroduced legislation that aims to address the disparate impact environmental harm and pollution has on people of color and low-income Americans.
The Environmental Justice for All Act would authorize regulatory agencies to consider cumulative impacts in Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act decisions.
The measure would also require increased community input in agencies’ environmental decisionmaking and amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act, allowing private citizens and organizations to sue over alleged discrimination in environmental programs.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced the Senate version of the bill, while House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) introduced the House version. Duckworth and Grijalva introduced the respective versions of the bills in 2020 as well.
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