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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First U.S. Small Nuclear Reactor Design Is Approved

October 26th, 2020|Comments Off on First U.S. Small Nuclear Reactor Design Is Approved

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the design of a new kind of reactor, known as a small modular reactor (SMR). The design, from the Portland, Ore.–based company [...]

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INEOS tank collapse rattles region

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A tank collapse at Lima’s INEOS plant shook parts of the region Sunday night, but authorities assured residents there was no threat to the community. The Shawnee Township Fire Department [...]

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Her Town Depended on the Mill. Was It Also Making the Residents Sick?

October 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Her Town Depended on the Mill. Was It Also Making the Residents Sick?

In 1981, a doctor in a small mill town in Maine read a study suggesting that prostate and colon cancers in his community were nearly double the national average. Spooked, [...]

    
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Reforming Our Response to Toxics

October 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Reforming Our Response to Toxics

By: Benjamin Silver, Science and Technology Intern The government’s inefficient response to toxic chemical exposure in [...]

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Fighting Polluters with the Science of Environmental Justice in the COVID-19 Era

October 14th, 2020|Comments Off on Fighting Polluters with the Science of Environmental Justice in the COVID-19 Era

By: Leija Helling, Communications Intern As evidence highlighting the racial inequity of COVID-19 impacts has grown [...]

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Particulate Matter in the Air is a Huge Risk Factor for COVID-19

October 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Particulate Matter in the Air is a Huge Risk Factor for COVID-19

By: Mihir Vohra, Research Associate Particulate matter (PM) is a form of air pollution composed of [...]

No More Sacrifice Zones!

“No More Sacrifice Zones!” is our campaign to organize people who are poisoned by corporate greed and at high risk for Covid-19 complications to lead a national effort that ends the sacrificing of their families, and our planet.

Every day, people in America become exposed to a toxic mixture of chemicals in the air we breathe. They are released in unknown quantities by energy plants, dirty factories and CO2-emitting vehicles.

These foul chemicals are not found equally everywhere in our country’s air: They are highly concentrated in areas where people have lower incomes and are part of racial minority groups. 

These have become known as America’s “Sacrifice Zones.”

We are uniting people suffering from cancer, moms whose kids are born with physical impairments, and residents who simply can’t afford to live anywhere else to share their stories, name the solutions they need and build the power necessary to enact change.

Will you join us?

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