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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1000+ youth sit-in, 143 arrested demanding Dem leadership back Green New Deal.

December 13th, 2018|Comments Off on 1000+ youth sit-in, 143 arrested demanding Dem leadership back Green New Deal.

Over 1,000 youth with Sunrise Movement lobbied 50 Congressional offices and sat-in at the offices of Reps. Pelosi, Hoyer, and McGovern, demanding Democrats and their leaders in the House support [...]

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Modern Incinerators Still Emit Dangerous Pollutants

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Even the world’s most modern waste incinerators still emit dangerous pollutants far beyond EU toxic emissions limit, a new study has revealed. <read more>.

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Drugs and Hormones In Your Water?

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Researchers found at least one hormone or pharmaceutical in 7 percent of the 844 aquifers at depths used for public water supply and 14 percent of 247 sites at aquifers [...]

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Are Real or Artificial Trees Better for the Environment?

December 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Are Real or Artificial Trees Better for the Environment?

Are Real or Artificial Trees Better for the Environment? By: Katie Pfeifer Real or artificial Christmas [...]

Get the Lead Out of Schools Act!

No level of lead is exposure is safe for children. We need to protect our children from lead that can cause learning delays, especially in their schools. The Get the Lead Out of Schools Act mandates all schools to test for lead in their water and provides action grants to fix any contamination. Protect our children—contact your senators and make sure they support the Get the Lead Out of Schools Act when it goes to the Senate Floor.

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Watch Leah, a 12-year-old activist give an impassioned speech at the Families belong together Rally on June 30th. CHEJ had the privilege of joining People’s Action and thousands of other activists at the rally to put an end to family separation at the border.