The Center for Health, Environment and Justice has been on the front line in the fight for environmental health for 35 years. We train and support local activists across the country and build local, state and national initiatives that win on issues from Superfund to climate change.

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We Can Help You Win

CHEJ has the tools to help residents fight against toxic threats in their community. We can provide scientific information to make your case, leadership training to build your organization and organize your community, and ongoing coaching throughout the process.

Whether you are starting a new initiative from scratch with volunteers or have been working together for years, CHEJ is there for you. Contact us to find out more. 

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Love Canal

Our story began in Love Canal, NY, where Lois Gibbs led her neighbors to be protected from 20,000 tons of hazardous waste buried in their backyards. Love Canal was national news and the catalyst for the federal Superfund program.

Armed with lessons about the power of organizing, education and the bold voice of local residents defending their families, Lois launched CHEJ in 1981. We’ve been fighting for a healthier environment ever since.

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A Network For Change

Our nationwide network of more than 300 local community groups works locally and at the regional, state and national levels to achieve critical policy impacts around issues like fracking, release of toxic chemicals, climate change, industral waste and more.

The communities we serve are largely rural, low-wealth or working class—the places that typically bear the brunt of environmental degradation. Together, we make a difference. 

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Just Moms Plead For Relocation Away From Superfund Site

June 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Just Moms Plead For Relocation Away From Superfund Site

Dawn Chapman, Just Moms STL,  had listened with surprise and skepticism as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency vowed to clean up West Lake, the nuclear waste dump [...]

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NAACP Florida Demanding Govenor Scott Deny Permit

June 13th, 2017|Comments Off on NAACP Florida Demanding Govenor Scott Deny Permit

NAACP Florida State Conference Joins the NAACP Jackson County Branch to demand the Scott Administration deny the pending deep injection well permit. “The NAACP Jackson County Branch joins hundreds of citizens, [...]

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Longtime Dunmore Mayor Ousted

May 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Longtime Dunmore Mayor Ousted

Lackawanna, PA - "Borough Councilman Timothy Burke defeated Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney in Tuesday’s Democratic primary by a razor-thin three-vote margin..." One important issue brought to attention during the race [...]


Watch progressive leader and commentator Van Jones make the keynote address during the morning plenary session of the “Rise Up” People’s Action convention in Washington, D.C. on April 24.

See #CHEJShareworthy below for another video from the convention.


Environmental Justice and Incarceration

June 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Environmental Justice and Incarceration

Environmental Justice is a system of thought which asserts that all people have a right to equal [...]

Disney CEO Bob Iger serves on President Trump’s business advisory council. Iger says the board is a “great opportunity” that gives him a “pipeline” to speak with Trump. We respectfully disagree with Iger’s contention that “it is better to be in the room” with Trump. People’s Action political director Mehrdad Amezun, an Iranian American, said Iger’s presence on the council “… looks like you are tacitly endorsing Trump’s policies” against Muslims and immigrants.

To understand more about this issue, read People’s Action’s commentary on & sign the petition to demand Disney CEO Bob Iger resign from Trump’s economic advisory council immediately!

Watch the video: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joins dozens of grassroots activists pledging to run for office as the featured speaker at the April 24 afternoon plenary of the People’s Action “Rise Up: From Protest to Power” convention.