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Archive: Environmental Justice

Bills Would Ensure Landfills are Placed in Rural Communities, Compounding Effects

By Nina Victoria / July 21, 2022
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On February 11, 2022, PA State Representative Timothy Bonner introduced House Bills (“HBs”) 2338 and 2339 to protect communities from the dangers of landfills. However, the bills’ language will make it so that rural communities bear the brunt of urban and suburban waste. The bills are straightforward. HB 2338 prohibits the new construction of a […]

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Your Representatives Are Wrong. Your Voice Does Matter.

By Nina Victoria / July 19, 2022
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This blog is an update to one posted June 13: Local Elected Officials Object to Hearing Your Voice. Recently the PA Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) held a public comment period on their new draft Environmental Justice Policy (“Policy”). This Policy was created to provide those who reside in an environmental justice community the opportunity […]

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CCJ Fellows Reflect on Tours in Greene and Washington Counties

By Catherine Gooding / July 1, 2022
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In our first few weeks with the Center for Coalfield Justice, the other three fellows and I had the opportunity to take some tours of Greene and Washington Counties to learn about coal and fracking in our communities, both historically and today. On our visits to Ryerson Station State Park, the coal patch town of […]

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Local Elected Officials Object To Hearing Your Voice

By Nina Victoria / June 13, 2022
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Photo by Katherine McAdoo on Unsplash Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) is taking steps toward meaningfully engaging residents of communities that are disproportionately affected by industrial development through a new Environmental Justice Policy. While CCJ sees this policy as a step in the right direction, some of our local legislators feel that these steps […]

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I-70 Accidents and “Construction” over Tunnel Ridge

By Tonya Yoders / June 10, 2022
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This is the 21st installment in our What’s on your mind? blog series and was written by CCJ Community Organizer Tonya Yoders. Almost every day, I have to drive the stretch of I-70 interstate between Washington, PA and Wheeling, WV. More often than not, there are significant delays just trying to get to my destination. […]

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