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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Superfund Program Under the Trump Administration Report

October 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Superfund Program Under the Trump Administration Report

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice has established a report on the U.S. EPA's Superfund Program Under the Trump Administration. CHEJ has closely followed Superfund under President Trump since he [...]

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Colorado Health Report Released on Oil and Gas Drilling

October 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Colorado Health Report Released on Oil and Gas Drilling

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a multiyear report examining the impact of oil and gas drilling on residents living within 2,000 feet of fracking sites. The [...]

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Denver Elementary Schools Piloting Outdoor Air Monitors

October 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Denver Elementary Schools Piloting Outdoor Air Monitors

Ten elementary schools in Denver, Colorado have encouraged an outdoor air quality monitoring pilot program to reduce the risk of pollution exposure to students. Real-time monitoring results, provided by the [...]

    

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 [...]

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We are All on the Titanic & Can See the Iceberg Ahead

October 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on We are All on the Titanic & Can See the Iceberg Ahead

We are All on the Titanic Editors note:  Peter Montague wrote this years ago and thought [...]

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Youth Climate Leader Sends Powerful Message: How Dare You!

September 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Youth Climate Leader Sends Powerful Message: How Dare You!

On September 20th more than 4 million people around the world took to the streets to join [...]

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.