Bloomberg Law: Environmental Justice Advocates Seek Changes to Permitting Law

June 7, 2021

Environmental Justice, Green Space, News

In a recent Bloomberg Law article on changing the laws affecting permits for large infrastructure projects, Environmental Justice Director Anthony Rogers-Wright and former Senior Staff Attorney Christine Appah provided valuable insight on why current National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations should be reversed. Rogers-Wright argues that current regulations need to be overhauled to provide guidance on what qualifies as an “environmental justice community.” He elaborates and says that guidelines for what qualifies as an EJ community will need to assess qualitative metrics like home ownership rates, poverty rates, and household wealth levels. Appah adds that another valuable addition to such an overhaul would change the current language surrounding NEPA’s rule requiring mitigation plans of proposed projects to ensure that those projects are forced to remain in line with the projects’ proposed action.

Click here and learn more about how NYLPI and other groups are pushing the White House Council on Environmental Quality to make these crucial changes.  

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