When companies or utilities decide where to site their most toxic operations, too often they look first to vulnerable communities with a history of industrial land use. Those communities-usually majority-minority and already overburdened with poverty-are then asked to bear the additional burdens of more polluted air and water, a greater risk of cancer or birth defects, and ever-decreasing property values. These concerns drive EJS’ commitment to environmental justice, the fight for equal environmental protection for all. EJS is working with environmental justice organizations across the country to ensure that companies take the safest, not just the easiest, solution to environmental hazards.
Examples of our work on environmental justice:
- Avondale-Glen Elder and the Sacramento Natural Gas Storage Project
- Santa Clara v. State of California