See draft legislation at bottom of blog

Monday, April 6, 2015

NEJAC Earth Day Teleconference

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Teleconference Meeting

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Teleconference Meeting Date and Time:
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Public comment is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The primary topics of discussion will be:

  • Refinery Rule
  • Clean Power Rule
  • Title VI

Pre-registration is required:

When registering:

  • Please provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and telephone number for follow up
  • Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Monday, April 20, 2015, deadline
  • Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone/fax number

Public Comment:

  • Members of the public who wish to provide public comment must pre-register by 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time on Monday, April 20, 2015
  • Individuals or groups making remarks during the public comment period will be limited to seven minutes
  • To accommodate the number of people who wish to address the NEJAC, only one representative of a particular community, organization, or group will be allowed to speak
  • Written comments can also be submitted for the record
  • The suggested format for individuals providing public comments is as follows: name of speaker; name of organization/community; city and state; and email address; brief description of the concern, and what you want the NEJAC to advise EPA to do
  • Written comments received by 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time on Monday, April 20, 2015, will be included in the materials distributed to the NEJAC prior to the teleconference
  • Written comments received after that time will be provided to the NEJAC as time allows
  • All written comments should be sent to Jasmin Muriel, EPA, via email at muriel.jasmin@epa.govRead the NEJAC public comment guidelines

For More Information: Questions or correspondence concerning the teleconference meeting should be directed to Jasmin Muriel by email at or telephone at 202-564-4287. Information about the NEJAC is available at: 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Environmental Justice Act: Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation in 2011 creating a commission to ensure minorities and the poor aren't disproportionately affected by environmental pollution. The Environmental Justice Act was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights and Rep. Will Davis of East Hazel Crest.

It creates a commission that will analyze state laws and policies to ensure no population bears the brunt of pollution risks. The panel will make recommendations to the governor and Legislature.

The new law addresses concerns about rising asthma rates and other health problems. Race, income or nationality shouldn't determine whether a community has clean air and water.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will provide administrative support to the commission. Members will include lawmakers, the public and health, environmental and business advocates. (Chicago Tribune, 8/16/2011)