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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America Recycles Day 2019

November 15th, 2019|Comments Off on America Recycles Day 2019

November 15 is America Recycles Day. The day recognizes national support and education for the importance of recycling for the country's economic and environmental health. The America Recycles Day not only brings [...]

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Philadelphia elementary school found lead in drinking water

November 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Philadelphia elementary school found lead in drinking water

Mastery Frederick Douglas Elementary School in North Philadelphia tested drinking water fountains to find the presence of lead and failed to adequately notify parents. The Philadelphia school district holds a [...]

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Trump administration restricting science in regulation

November 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Trump administration restricting science in regulation

The Trump Administration is preparing to bring forth a new rule that will significantly limit the amount of scientific and medical research used in the process of establishing public health regulations. [...]

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Busting Stereotypes: Outdoor Afro

October 31st, 2019|Comments Off on Busting Stereotypes: Outdoor Afro

Earlier this month, the Heinz Foundation honored 5 remarkable people who reflect the accomplishments and spirit [...]

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The Halls of Capitol Hill

October 27th, 2019|Comments Off on The Halls of Capitol Hill

by Liz Goodiel, CHEJ Science & Tech Fellow Capitol Hill is a busy epicenter of political [...]

How About Some PFAS with your Pizza?

October 16th, 2019|Comments Off on How About Some PFAS with your Pizza?

By: Sharon Franklin Kristina Marusic, of Environmental Health News reported on October 9, 2019  about the [...]

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.