check out CHEJ’s latest blog posts about PFAS and urban tree cover on our blog, Backyard Talk!
CHEJ is excited to announce that our annual report is up on our website! Check it out to see what we’ve been doing for the past year. http://chej.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-CHEJ-Annual-Report.pdf
Let’s talk about the #greennewdeal . This is a phrase that has been floating around quite a bit over the last few months. Recently, many politicians, especially presidential hopefuls, have been voicing their support for a Green New Deal. The concrete policies behind the Green New Deal are hazy, and may vary from politician to politician. Alexandria Occasio-Cortez has released a draft proposal for the Green New Deal, which offers fairly specific goals, although the step-by-step means to achieve them are somewhat unclear. What we do know is that this concept could mean progress for two major issues: climate change and job growth. A Green New Deal could provide a necessary bridge between labor movements and environmentalism. It would accomplish things like “phasing out the use of fossil fuels and transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy within a decade, a living-wage job guarantee, as well as smaller items like new tax credits for electric vehicles and energy efficiency upgrades for homes and buildings,” as well as tackling broader issues like environmental justice. Clearly, this is a plan that would be difficult for moderate Democrats and Republicans to get behind. However, the Green New Deal is only radical in the United States - our political conversation leans toward the right end of the political spectrum. European countries are already making moves toward ideas outlined in the Green New Deal. The United States does need a dramatic shift in policy for climate change - could this be the beginning?
Meet CHEJ’s interns! CHEJ has a fantastic internship program that offers hands-on, real-world experience in environmental justice and community organizing. Check out our website for more information! A little bit about our current interns: Maia is researching water pollution in the Missouri River. Daisy is working on communications and general research. Lauren is involved with supporting research for the Superfund program and analyzing technical data. Jeremy is creating an initial framework of a new public response model for investigating areawide contamination in communities. Madeline is working on a summary of the Superfund task force for the last year and a half. Suzie boosts team morale. She enjoys sausages.
Every Wednesday, CHEJ makes a new post on our blog, Backyard Talk. Check out our latest post about the confirmation hearing for Andrew Wheeler, the government shutdown, and regulatory capture. http://chej.org/2019/01/23/confirmation-hearing-for-new-epa-head-and-regulatory-capture/
How has EPA been impacted by the government shutdown? And how has that impacted you? The government shutdown is now on its 25th day, and we want to take a look at how this affects environmental protections. The EPA has a workforce of approximately 14,000 people, and over 13,000 of these employees have been furloughed. 845 employees are deemed essential to “protect life and property” and are still working without pay. Without the majority of the EPA workforce, most of EPA’s work has stopped. Climate research and pollution monitoring have been halted. Inspection of chemical factories, power plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants, and other industrial sites for pollution violations have been halted. Federal Superfund activities, including oversight of cleanups lead by private corporations, has stopped. There has been no enforcement work, such as case development, or court hearings. In a public health emergency, EPA can respond, but mobilizing furloughed staff will take time and could delay the response. EPA is not available for questions from the public. EPA is absent from meetings, including those with communities struggling with health problems. EPA work on pollution discharge, permit issuance and compliance monitoring have also ceased. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility are calling this a “polluters holiday.” So how have you been impacted by the government shutdown? Comment below and tell us about your experiences. #governmentshutdown #epa
In the 40 years of progress since the tragedy at Love Canal, CHEJ has mentored the Environmental health and justice movement, empowered communities, and prevented harm. Help us continue this vital work by supporting CHEJ this year! Link in our bio
The CHEJ achieves are stored @tuftsuniversity allowing student to use and study real materials from the field in their classes
This week CHEJ and @pplsaction attended #wethepeople18 and got to listen to progressive members of Congress who are fighting for the people