Historic Bill Will Help Address Generational Environmental Injustices, Inequities

WASHINGTON, D.C.  –– U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act will make $230 billion in historic investments in righting generational environmental injustices, cleaning up pollution disproportionately impacting frontline and fence-line communities, and helping people and wildlife alike thrive.

“For generations our country has treated Black, Indigenous, Lantinx, other disenfranchised and disadvantaged communities as national sacrifice zones. Senator Booker’s historic bill rightly invests in confronting the environmental injustices plaguing frontline communities,” said Mustafa Santiago Ali, vice president of environmental justice, climate, and community revitalization. “The Senate should swiftly take up this landmark legislation, which will lift up communities, create good-paying jobs, address systemic racism, and recover wildlife.”

The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act would make a series of crucial investments, including:

  • $45 billion for replacing lead drinking water service lines
  • $45 billion in remediating lead-paint hazards in housing, which is one of the leading causes of childhood lead poisoning
  • $25 billion to plant an estimated 100 million trees in low-income communities
  • $10 billion to improve rural household water well and wastewater systems
  • $10 billion to accelerate the clean-up of the most dangerous toxic sites in the country, including Superfund sites
  • $10 billion to help remediate toxic abandoned mine sites near Native American and Indigenous communities
  • $3 billion to build and improve safe drinking water systems and sewage systems serving Native American and Indigenous households
  • $1 billion in addressing housing safety issues, such as lead paint hazards and mold contamination, in Native American and Indigenous communities

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