Saturday, March 31, 2007
Pictured: Melinda Downing, Environmental Justice Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
Dean Schmoke was the moderator for the plenary session that featured two of the most powerful leaders in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area: Jack Johnson and Ike Leggett, County Executives for Prince George's and Montgomery Counties, respectively. The session entitled "Intersection Between Environmental Justice and Local Land Use Planning & Zoning" was held in the large 400 seat Moot Court. They all addressed questions from the audience.
Jo Ann Fax is Executive Director, Administration & Operations, Howard University School of Law
Friday, March 30, 2007
The two county executives represent about 2 million people and they gave real world examples of the environmental justice problems they face. Interestingly, Jack Johnson represents the richest majority African American county in the country. He still gave examples of land and air pollution problems that plague the area. Mr. Leggett defended open spaces and agricultural reserves in his county. He compared any plans for building affordable housing in protected areas in the county to building them in Central Park in New York.
Not in My Term of Office (NIMTO) was highlighted by Robert E. Stein, Chair, ABA, Section IRR and law school dean Kurt Schmoke described BANANA NIMBY (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything, not in my backyard).
Ms. Hayes joined the United States Department of Justice as an attorney-advisor to the Deputy Attorney General. Iin 1978 she joined the Office of the Solicitor of the Interior, Division of Surface Mining. In 1980, Ms. Hayes joined the Office of the Solicitor of Labor, Division Of Occupational Safety and Health, as an appellate attorney. Ms. Hayes then joined the law firm of Connerton, Bernstein and Katz, where she remained from 1983 until 1985.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Church of Christ’s landmark 1987 Toxic Wastes and Race report. As part of the celebration, the UCC commissioned a new report, Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty 1987-2007.
The new report was recently released at the National Press Club. It is the first study to use 2000 census data, a current national database of commercial hazardous waste facilities, and Geographic Information Systems to count persons living nearby to assess nationally the extent of racial and socioeconomic disparities in facility locations. Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty also examines racial disparities by EPA region and state, and for metropolitan areas, where most hazardous waste facilities are located.
Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty reports that people of color now make up the majority (56%) of those living in nearby neighborhoods of the nation’s 413 commercial hazardous waste facilities, nearly double the percentage living further away (30%). The study concludes that the racial and socioeconomic disparities are geographically widespread throughout the country and that people of color are concentrated in neighborhoods and communities with the greatest number of commercial hazardous sites—much more concentrated than in 1987.
Dr. Carlos Correa of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministry, Dr. Paul Mohai of the Unviersity of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and Dr. Robin Saha of the University of Montana's Environmental Studies Program and School of Public and Community Health Sciences will give a presentation on the new report at the State of Environmental Justice Conference on Friday, March 30th at 7:00 PM. The report can be downloaded from the United Church of Christ's website www.ucc.org
EJBlog Note: The authors of the original report include: Shelley D. Hayes, Esq, Larry J. DeNeal, Ph.D. M.P.H., Iris W. Lee, M.P.H., Vernice Miller, Judy F. Richardson, William B. Oliver, Benjamin Goldman and Charles Lee
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
The Parade will kick off at Ballou High School and ends at the corner of Good Hope Rd & MLK Jr. Ave, S.E. Reviewing Stand next to the Big Chair. If your group is interested in being in the parade, the deadline to submit your request is Friday, March 30th. Please call Brenda Lee Richardson on (202) 698-1666.
Monday, March 26, 2007
1) Is nuclear power beneficial for one group of minorities but bad for another group?
2) Is there another way to meet the electricity needs of America in a global warming world without using nuclear power.
3) Are nuclear power plants disproportionately located in minority communities?
4) How can Renewables Portfolio Standards and other regional greenhouse gas initiatives be accomplished without incorporating nuclear power?
5) If we shut down the nation's nuclear power fleet, how will it be replaced.
6) Are inner city minority populations well served by nuclear power plants?
7) Are Native American populations well served by nuclear power?
8) If global warming is the most important environmental issue facing us today, should emission free nuclear power be a part of the energy mix in the United States?
9) If environmental justice is to be achieved regarding clean air issues, can nuclear power be eliminated from the energy mix?
10) Are there entrepreneurial opportunities available in the nuclear industry for minority businesspeople?
11) Can nuclear power be utilized to help developing countries?
Abstract: 110606-7 – Title: The State of Environmental Justice in High-Level Nuclear Waste Siting Decisions; By: Danielle Endres, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Danielle Endres
Abstract: 112106-2 – Title: Environmental Racism with a Faint Green Glow: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Missed Opportunity to Create a Meaningful Environmental Justice Policy; By: Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Eric Jantz
Saturday, March 24, 2007
(1) to require the collection of data on environmental health effects so that impacts on different individuals or groups can be understood; (2) to identify those areas which are subject to the highest loadings of toxic chemicals, through all media; (3) to assess the health effects that may be caused by emissions in those areas of highest impact; (4) to ensure that groups or individuals residing within those areas of highest impact have the opportunity and the resources to participate in the technical process which will determine the possible existence of adverse health impacts; (5) to require that actions be taken by authorized Federal agencies to curtail those activities found to be having significant adverse impacts on human health in those areas of highest impact; and (6) to ensure that significant adverse health impacts that may be associated with environmental pollution in the United States are not distributed inequitably.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson (Confirmed)
Monday, March 19, 2007
Congressman Albert Wynn;
William Kovacs, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of Port Gibson, Miss., adopted a resolution on Dec 20, 2004 endorsing a second nuclear power plant next to the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station and strongly encouraging Entergy to build another unit at Grand Gulf, located about seven miles from Port Gibson. The Port Gibson Board of Aldermen support a new nuclear plant in Claiborne County and the Claiborne Board of Supervisors adopted a similar resolution Dec. 6, 2004.
Mike Espy is Board Attorney for Claiborne County, Mississippi. He served as the Secretary of Agriculture from 1993 to 1994. He attended Howard University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Santa Clara Law Schoo in California in 1978. Espy is providing expert advice to the county on the current and planned nuclear activities.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
1) Environmental Justice seeks to provide environmental protection to our most vulnerable communities.
2) Environmental Justice demands that public policy will protect society’s most vulnerable communities.
3) Environmental Justice should provide equal economic opportunities to all sectors of our society while providing equal environmental protection.
4) Environmental Justice calls for sustainable development, efficient use of resources and the availability of abundant energy supplies at reasonable prices.
5) Environmental Justice requests respect in policy decision-making in order to distribute production facilities that emit contaminates equitably among geographical locations.
6) Environmental Justice demands that toxic wastes should not be targeted for and concentrated in minority communities.
7) Environmental Justice should expand the definition of ‘environment’ and seek to redress unique inner city environmental problems.
8) Environmental Justice affirms a commitment to equal environmental protection for all people.
9) Environmental Justice should provide compensation to individuals and communities that have suffered disproportionate exposure to pollution.
10) Environmental Justice and The Declaration of Independence, hold “that all Men are created equal, that they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Environmental protection is an unalienable right.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Kenneth Eng, AsianWeek, Feb 23, 2007
Here is a list of reasons why we should discriminate against blacks, starting from the most obvious down to the least obvious:
· Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl racist remarks at us.
In my experience, I would say about 90 percent of blacks I have met, regardless of age or environment, poke fun at the very sight of an Asian. Furthermore, their activity in the media proves their hatred: Rush Hour, Exit Wounds, Hot 97, etc.
· Contrary to media depictions, I would argue that blacks are weak- willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years. It's unbelievable that it took them that long to fight back.
On the other hand, we slaughtered the Russians in the Japanese-Russo War.
· Blacks are easy to coerce. This is proven by the fact that so many of them, including Reverend Al Sharpton, tend to be Christians.
Yet, at the same time, they spend much of their time whining about how much they hate "the whites that oppressed them."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Christianity the religion that the whites forced upon them?
· Blacks don't get it. I know it's a blunt and crass comment, but it's true. When I was in high school, I recall a class debate in which one half of the class was chosen to defend black slavery and the other half was chosen to defend liberation.
Disturbingly, blacks on the prior side viciously defended slavery as well as Christianity. They say if you don't study history, you're condemned to repeat it.
In high school, I only remember one black student ever attending any of my honors and AP courses. And that student was caught cheating.
It is rather troubling that they are treated as heroes, but then again, whites will do anything to defend them.
Monday, March 5, 2007
1) "On environmental justice. I think that we have seen various communities in this country penalized just because of where they were in the income level. I would clearly fight hard for environmental justice." 2) Converting our economy to renewable fuels as rapidly as practical and feasible would be one of my top priorities. I believe that protecting the environment is also labor intensive. Thus, creating a clean, safe and sustainable environment would also create jobs, not cost jobs. 3) "Strengthening and enforcing our environmental laws would be one of my top priorities. For me, the scriptural mandate that "the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" is a religious and spiritual mandate to be good stewards of what God has given the human race for sustenance, beauty and enjoyment. Protecting, preserving and sustaining it must be one of our highest priorities."
Rev Sharpton was instrumental in the passage of the NO FEAR Act, which was signed into law by President Bush in 2002. It was the "First Civil Rights Legislation of the 21st Century." Rev Sharpton led a rally and march on the Senate in order to get the legislation moving. The No Fear Act is environmental justice legislation.
Sources: Democratic candidates LCV Debate on the Environment, Los Angeles Jun 26, 2003, MoveOn.org interview Jun 17, 2003, On The Issues, Al Sharpton on the Environment, AAEA.