Environmental Justice

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Air pollution from Baltimore's Wheelabrator trash incinerator causes $55 million annually in health problems.

Photo Credit: Rob Beach/CBF Staff

Environmental justice refers to the effort to ensure that low-income or minority communities aren’t disproportionately harmed by pollution and other environmental threats. There’s a long history of undesirable facilities (think landfills, trash incinerators, or coal plants) being built where people have the least power—all too often communities that are low-income or largely minority.

Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.

Here are just a few of the ways CBF is working to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.

Around the Watershed

Blog

  • Environmental Justice Court Win Comes at Pivotal Time in Virginia

    January 15, 2020

    A major court win last week for the people of Union Hill could help move the needle in the right direction for Virginia to meaningfully apply environmental justice.

  • Defending Clean Air and Water for Union Hill

    November 6, 2019

    Last week, CBF challenged a key permit for a proposed natural gas-burning compressor station in court, defending the right of people in the historic African-American community of Union Hill to continue to breathe clean air.

  • Watershed Watchdogs

    October 29, 2019

    CBF's Litigation Department may not be the largest division within the organization, but it has earned a nationwide reputation for taking on the intractable issues which impede the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and ensure a pollution-free environment for every community in the watershed.

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Podcast

  • Environmental Justice

    In this episode, CBF President Will Baker and Litigation Fellow Alayna Chuney discuss the importance of a healthy environment for all.

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