The Center for Health, Environment and Justice has been on the front line in the fight for environmental health for 40 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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EPA changes stand, sides with ethanol industry in court case

February 25th, 2021|Comments Off on EPA changes stand, sides with ethanol industry in court case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government announced Monday that it will support the ethanol industry in a lawsuit over biofuel waivers granted to oil refineries under President Donald [...]

EPA takes action to address PFAS in drinking water

February 25th, 2021|Comments Off on EPA takes action to address PFAS in drinking water

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two actions to protect public health by addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, highlighting the agency’s commitment to address [...]

High concentrations of thallium, a heavy metal toxic to humans, detected on Wausau property

February 24th, 2021|Comments Off on High concentrations of thallium, a heavy metal toxic to humans, detected on Wausau property

Soil samples collected at a city-owned property targeted for potential redevelopment show high concentrations of metals including thallium, a substance now banned in the U.S. due to its extreme toxicity [...]

    

Social Determinants Meet Environmental Health

February 24th, 2021|Comments Off on Social Determinants Meet Environmental Health

By: Evelyn Zavala, Science Intern I was drawn to working with CHEJ because of their work [...]

The Intersection Between Tribal Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

February 17th, 2021|Comments Off on The Intersection Between Tribal Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

By: Kristen Millstein, Communications Intern In the summer of 2016, I traveled to the Pine Ridge [...]

A new study finds air pollution from fossil fuels causes 20% of premature deaths worldwide

February 10th, 2021|Comments Off on A new study finds air pollution from fossil fuels causes 20% of premature deaths worldwide

By Mihir Vohra, Research Associate In the fight to end our reliance on fossil fuels, most [...]

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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