The Center for Health, Environment and Justice has been on the front line in the fight for environmental health for 38 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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Trump administration’s new rule on gas mileage standards

April 1st, 2020|Comments Off on Trump administration’s new rule on gas mileage standards

The Trump administration is set to finalize a rule that will weaken the federal government's gas mileage standards for cars put in place during the Obama Administration. With the new [...]

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Equitable and Just Economic Stimulus Spending – Sign on

March 31st, 2020|Comments Off on Equitable and Just Economic Stimulus Spending – Sign on

Recommendations for Equitable and Just Economic Stimulus Spending in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic As Congress considers legislation to address the growing public health and economic crises caused by the [...]

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Are Migrant Farmworkers More at Risk to Covid-19?

March 30th, 2020|Comments Off on Are Migrant Farmworkers More at Risk to Covid-19?

Could migrant farmworkers be more susceptible to the coronavirus? In a time where social distancing is encouraged and washing one's hands is important to staying safe from the coronavirus, there [...]

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Shelter In Place Can Be Very Different Depending on Where You Live

March 19th, 2020|Comments Off on Shelter In Place Can Be Very Different Depending on Where You Live

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice team and I send our compassion, support and affection [...]

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The Coronavirus Outbreak

March 11th, 2020|Comments Off on The Coronavirus Outbreak

This blog was recently published by Hesperian Health Guides. Coronavirus is all over the news and people [...]

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Environmental Racism & Injustice

March 4th, 2020|Comments Off on Environmental Racism & Injustice

Blog by Joy Barua   Credit: GERALD HERBERT / AP The color of our skin or [...]

Make Polluters, Not Taxpayers, Pay for Toxic Cleanups!

We at CHEJ, urge you to contact your representative to support the Polluter Pays Fees as introduced by Congressman Blumenauer’s Bill Superfund Reinvestment Act (H.R. 4088).

Superfund’s resources have dwindled to the lowest level in the history of the program under the Trump Administration. Today, thousands of innocent families are paying to cleanup industry’s toxic mess through their children’s health and their federal taxes. Americans’ tax dollars should support schools, infrastructure, health care and housing not cleaning up corporate pollution.

The Superfund Reinvestment Act holds industries accountable for cleaning up the harmful results of their irresponsible practices.

Contact your representatives today!

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Watch Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden who’s made headlines this year with her “School Strike for Climate”, deliver a speech on what we must do to save the climate at this year’s Brilliant Minds Conference in Sweden.