ZIP code discrimination, pollution top concerns at DEP meeting on environmental justice policy

BY: - October 12, 2023

Air quality, interagency collaboration, and community investments were among the chief concerns shared by Pennsylvanians about the Commonwealth’s interim environmental justice policy at a public meeting Wednesday evening. 

It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution

BY: - August 29, 2023

One option for lawmakers, Hammond said, is to draft so-called severability clauses. Such measures could enable them to continue using race in their analysis, but allow the laws to revert to something like the federal tool — rather than being struck down entirely — if race-based metrics are deemed invalid by a court.

DEP to host environmental justice town halls

BY: - April 6, 2023

Environmental justice communities are disproportionately affected by factors such as poor air quality, old housing and infrastructure, and limited transportation.

‘Tired of talking’: Advocates call on Legislature to address environmental justice issues

BY: - October 5, 2022

From transportation infrastructure to historic redlining and illegal dumping, experts and advocates told state lawmakers that they were “tired of talking” and instead wanted action to address environmental justice issues that disproportionately affect communities of color. 

Nearing the end of his term, Wolf issues executive order to bolster environmental efforts

BY: - October 28, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the executive order establishing the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Justice, the Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and an Interagency Council.