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Rep. Bass Cosponsors H.R. 5986, The Environmental Just For All Act

April 14, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) cosponsored H.R. 5986, the Environmental Justice For All Act, which seeks to restore, reaffirm, and reconcile environmental justice and civil rights, provide for the establishment of the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement.

The Environmental Justice for All Act is the product of a multi-year collaborative effort based on extensive public feedback and serious engagement with hundreds of environmental justice groups. A public draft of the bill received several hundred written comments from environmental justice leaders and everyday Americans, and was improved it based on their feedback.

The bill creates a Federal Energy Transition Economic Development Assistance Fund – paid for through new fees on oil, gas and coal companies – to support communities and workers as they transition away from greenhouse gas-dependent economies. It also requires federal agencies to consider cumulative health impacts under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act when making permitting decisions and helps ensure that newly permitted projects do not harm human health. Additionally, the bill strengthens the Civil Rights Act to permit private citizens and organizations facing discrimination to seek legal remedies, overturning the notorious Alexander v. Sandoval ruling. The bill also provides $75 million in annual grants for research and program development to reduce health disparities and improve public health in environmental justice communities.

Read the bill here