Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Environmental Justice Act of 2017 – HR 270.
Why it’s important:
At the local level, more and more communities appear to be taking EJ seriously. Whether or not S. 1996 has any traction in the Congress, scrap recyclers will need to think about the impact of their operations on their surrounding communities.
Contacts: Billy Johnson about the legislation, (202) 662-8548; David Wagger about technical issues and the EJ Working Group, (202) 662-8533.
For a copy of HR 270, Congressman Lewis’ environmental justice bill, go to Congress.gov. At the top of the page, in the box to the right of “Current Legislation,” type HR 270, press “enter,” and the bill comes up. Then click the “Text,” tab. Follow the same directions to view Sen. Booker’s EJ bill, S 2996. (To see all bills and the resolution introduced in the Congress in 2017, type environmental justice in the box at the top of the Congress.gov page to the right of “Current Legislation.”