Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today welcomed the introduction of the Clean Future Act by Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The bill includes several environmental justice measures consistent with the approach outlined by Grijalva’s and Rep. A. Donald McEachin’s (D-Va.) Environmental Justice for All Act in the 116th Congress, including an effort to address the cumulative impacts of multiple pollution sources on environmental justice communities.
“President Biden has made it clear that environmental justice is a priority for his administration, and Democrats in Congress understand how important it is for the country that we not let this opportunity pass by,” Grijalva said today. “The fact that the Clean Future Act includes important advances for environmental justice, just as other bills now do, is a strong sign of where our nation’s environmental agenda is headed. Rep. McEachin, Sen. Duckworth and I are reintroducing the Environmental Justice for All Act in the coming weeks, and I look forward to working with our colleagues and the White House to find the best approach and getting a strong final product signed into law.”
Grijalva and McEachin followed an unprecedented public input process, involving multiple stakeholder meetings, a national convening on environmental justice at the U.S. Capitol, and a public suggestion mechanism to produce the Environmental Justice for All Act, which enjoys widespread stakeholder and community support around the country. The updated version of the bill will be introduced in the coming weeks.
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