LCV Statement on Senate Environmental Justice Caucus

Washington, D.C. – To commend the creation of the new U.S. Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, the League of Conservation Voters released the following statement from Gene Karpinski, LCV president: 

 

We are thrilled that Senators Duckworth, Booker and Carper have launched this critical new caucus that shines a much-needed spotlight on the long history of environmental racism in the United States. Low-income communities and communities of color bear a disproportionate burden of polluters’ unchecked actions and often suffer from higher rates of asthma, cancer, and other debilitating diseases, yet their voices have historically been ignored by politicians. This is simply unacceptable and frontline and fenceline communities must have a central role in crafting the policies that impact their communities. Through this commitment to environmental justice, these senators are leading the way towards equal access to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. We encourage every senator to join the Environmental Justice Caucus.”

 

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