Bloomberg Law: Environmental Justice Leaders Hail $17 Million in House Bill

July 31, 2020

Coronavirus, Environmental Justice, Legislative, Media Coverage, News

Senior Staff Attorney Christine Appah was quoted in a recent article in Bloomberg Law’s Environment and Energy Report on funding that the U.S. House of Representatives has dedicated to environmental justice programming. Last week, the House passed an appropriations bill, H.R. 7608, for FY 2021 which outlines its budget recommendations for several government initiatives. The House’s suggested budget includes an allocation of around $17 million to support environmental justice initiatives. The Environmental Protection Agency’s current budget proposal includes cuts of concern to environmental justice communities in various areas. If approved, this new funding could support funding for environmental protection and administrative measures to support at risk communities across the country. The article fielded responses from leaders in environmental justice, including our community partners WEACT and NYC-EJA.

Bloomberg Law: Environmental Justice Leaders Hail $17 Million in House Bill

By Stephen Lee and Kellie Lunney
July 28, 2020

Christine Appah, a senior staff attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, said the money would be well spent on bolstering the EPA’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center, which supports alternative dispute resolution to reach common ground between parties.

Directing the funds toward alternative dispute resolution would “help people get a faster means to realizing answers when a community is faced with an environmental threat,” Appah said.

Other environmental justice leaders agreed with the House’s strategy to keep the funding inside the EPA.

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