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Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice Litigation

We're fighting to ensure that environmental protections benefit all Americans — and that areas with high populations of Black people aren't unjustly impacted by dirty air and water. We're using the court system to make sure Black communities don't have to struggle with environmental burdens that put their health and well-being at risk.

How we're fighting

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Suing for safe drinking water

When the people of Flint, Michigan, were harmed by the failure of government officials to provide safe drinking water, we sued to hold those responsible accountable.

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Striking down the Lead and Copper Rule

When the Trump Administration issued a new Lead and Copper Rule, which would cause millions of people to be exposed to toxic lead in drinking water, we sued to strike down the rule and called on the Biden Administration to revise it. The rule is being delayed so that the EPA can get additional input from impacted communities. The cities with the highest levels of lead in drinking water include those that are heavily populated by Black people.

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Limiting toxic mercury

Because 68% of Blacks live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant, we joined a coalition of civil rights, environmental, and health groups, in challenging a rule by the EPA that would prevent the agency from being able to limit power plant releases of toxic mercury without considering the impact on minorities and low-income people who live near those facilities.

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