The House Natural Resources Committee held a legislative hearing Tuesday on HR 2021, the Environmental Justice for All Act, bicameral legislation introduced by Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03 ), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
The Environmental Justice for All Act is landmark legislation developed after a year of meaningful consultation with environmental justice communities, stakeholders and community leaders. The legislation is the result of an inclusive process that solicited public input and feedback to craft a comprehensive and responsive policy proposal.
“Today’s hearing on the Environmental Justice for All Act is another important step in the legislative process to move this bill forward,” Rep. McEachin said. “For too long, low-income communities, communities of color, and tribal and indigenous communities have borne the brunt of environmental degradation and injustice while being excluded from crucial decision-making processes. Our bill recognizes the unique challenges and burdens faced by individual communities and avoids a one-size-fits-all approach. It is truly written by the people, for the people. I am proud to help lead this transformative legislation with President Grijalva and Senator Duckworth, and I look forward to championing this legislation through Congress and into law.
“Bringing the Environmental Justice For All Act to the stage of Congress in today’s hearing is the culmination of years of dedicated effort, not only by policy makers, but also of the American people who have been fighting for their rights to clean air, clean water and environmental living conditions for decades,” said President Grijalva. “Without the courage and commitment of the people living in these communities environmental justice, this bill would simply not exist. I would like to thank my colleagues, Representative McEachin and Senator Duckworth, for joining me in this historic effort to create environmental justice legislation that is within the truly of the people.
The Environmental Justice for All Act will strengthen environmental compliance standards and enforcement tools while promoting more equitable access to environmental amenities that help make communities vibrant and healthy places to live.
Representatives McEachin and Grijalva introduced the bill earlier in this Congress. Senator Duckworth introduced related Senate legislation.
Watch the full Natural Resources Committee legislative hearing. Read the text of the bill and the Environmental Justice for All Act fact sheet.