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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60+ Environmental Justice Groups Call for Action and Equity in ‘Sacrifice Zones’

July 8th, 2020|Comments Off on 60+ Environmental Justice Groups Call for Action and Equity in ‘Sacrifice Zones’

60+ environmental justice leaders and organizations are calling for action and equity for their ‘Sacrifice Zone’ communities. They released an open letter calling for “an immediate and sustained response to [...]

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Canceled

July 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Canceled

WE DID IT. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is CANCELED.  It was the grassroots effort from North Carolina to West Virginia that brought the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to a screeching halt.   CHEJ worked with [...]

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New Report Indicates that Most US Federally Funded Housing is in Close Proximity to Hazardous Waste Sites

July 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on New Report Indicates that Most US Federally Funded Housing is in Close Proximity to Hazardous Waste Sites

A new report released by Earthjustice, the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and faculty at the University of Chicago’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic and Columbia University’s Health Justice Advocacy Clinic [...]

    
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Behind the Dakota Access, Keystone XL, Atlantic Coast Pipeline Wins

July 9th, 2020|Comments Off on Behind the Dakota Access, Keystone XL, Atlantic Coast Pipeline Wins

By Hamsavardhini “Anu” Thirunarayanan, Intern This past Sunday, July 5, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy declared [...]

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Racial Inequities: From Medical Care to Pollution

July 1st, 2020|Comments Off on Racial Inequities: From Medical Care to Pollution

By: Julie Silverman, Summer Communications Intern The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, [...]

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CDC – Where are you?

June 24th, 2020|Comments Off on CDC – Where are you?

As the country moves to reopening this summer, with some states moving more quickly and others [...]

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 in. 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.

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