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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  • Protestors from Longmont, Colorado featured in a New York Times article speak out against fracking in their towns.

PA Confirms States First Fracking Earthquake

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Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is [...]

  • East Chicago, IN

Victory for Families Relocating In East Chicago, IN

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order declaring a disaster emergency for East Chicago's USS Lead Superfund site. The declaration provides for 30 days of enhanced state assistance for the [...]

  • Protestors from Longmont, Colorado featured in a New York Times article speak out against fracking in their towns.

Major Climate March in DC – April 29th

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“People’s Climate March” in D.C., AND across the country on April 29.  JOIN CHEJ and Allies. The effort is being organized by the coalition formed out of 2014’s People’s Climate March, which [...]

Out of Resistance
A Powerful New Movement

At Rise Up 2017 we will…

  • Build a Long-Term Agenda that points the way to transformative change and guides our campaigns now
  • Go on the offense at every level – from cities to statehouses to the halls of Congress
  • Commit to stopping the attacks on people of color, immigrants, women, Muslims and LGBTQ people
  • Gather with friends and allies to celebrate what we have won and the movement we are building together

Join us in Washington, D.C. in April

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February 19th, 2017|Comments Off on

An Open Letter to New EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: You’re Not in Oklahoma Anymore 02/17/2017 06:02 [...]

After the success of determined activists at the Standing Rock Pipeline Camp in North Dakota, advisers to the new governmental administration plan to privatize Native American land to facilitate oil drilling and strip them of their sovereignty.

We have won a battle against big oil and for marginalized communities, but the fight is not yet over.

Tell your representative to stop taking away rights from marginalized communities. Find out who you can contact here: