“House: Dems Roll Out Sweeping Environmental Justice Bill”

“House Democrats this morning unveiled a long-awaited environmental justice bill, a novel collaborative effort between lawmakers and local groups that have long been ignored on Capitol Hill.

Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) later today will lead introduction of the “Environmental Justice for All Act,” which would expand the National Environmental Policy Act and slap new fees on oil, gas and coal to fund communities transitioning away from fossil fuel economies.

The legislation faces an uphill battle in Congress this year, but it represents an unusual effort by lawmakers to reach out to communities affected by pollution to pull them into the larger congressional conversation about climate change and the environment.

Grijalva said environmental justice communities have always been an “afterthought” in those policy debates.”

Nick Sobczyk reports for Greenwire February 27, 2020.