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Booker Bill Will Help Right Historic Environmental Injustices, Challenges Facing Communities of Color

"This bill will rightly confront the environmental injustices plaguing communities of Color and neighborhoods our leaders have treated as national sacrifice zones.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act will invest $100 billion dollars in cleaning up pollution affecting low-income communities, communities of Color and Indigenous communities.

“We need solutions as big as the problems we face — and this bill will rightly confront the environmental injustices plaguing communities of Color and neighborhoods our leaders have treated as national sacrifice zones,” said Mustafa Santiago Ali, vice president of environmental justice, climate, and community revitalization. “The Senate should swiftly take up this landmark legislation, which will create good paying jobs while addressing systemic racism and historic injustices nationwide.”

The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act would:

  • Invest $35 billion to clean up the most dangerous toxic sites in the country, including Superfund sites, abandoned coal mines, Brownfields, and formerly used defense sites.
  • Invest over $30 billion to identify and cleanup lead-based paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards in low income and tribal communities.
  • Invest $20 billion to replace lead drinking water service lines.
  •  Invest $10 billion to provide grants to low income homeowners to install or repair wastewater disposal systems and drinking water wells.
  • Invest $3 billion to provide all American Indians and Alaska Natives with safe drinking water and adequate sewerage systems in their homes.
  • Immediately prohibit new major source air pollution permits in communities that EPA has identified as already having a heightened risk of cancer due to air pollution and in communities currently overburdened by particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution.
  • Prohibit renewal of major source air pollution permits in these communities beginning in 2025.

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