Environmental Justice Letter to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) – This November 2013 letter urges MPCA to critically evaluate its policies, practices, rule-making and regulations in order to eliminate persisting environmental pollution and related health disparities. Issues around transparency, disparities, cumulative impacts, meaningful involvement, Tribal Nations/communities, and the Plan EJ 2014 are highlighted. See more CEED publications here.
Climate Inequality – Forgotten History. This CEED report finds extreme inequality in terms of who contributes to climate change and who benefits from greenhouse gas intensive development patterns. It links the eradication of the Indigenous commons in the U.S., housing and agricultural policy to the same market-based philosophy underlying the industrial world’s approach to solving climate change – concluding that long-lasting solutions to climate change must inherently be equitable in order to be sustainable. See more CEED publications here.
In order to put environmental justice on the forefront of any revisions planned for the Minnesota Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAW) and other environmental review documents, CEED submitted comments to the Environmental Quality Board. As they plan for their revisions, we are urging them to (1) Integrate A Robust Environmental Justice Analysis Procedure by Incorporating the EPA’s Draft “Technical Guidance For Assessing Environmental Justice In Regulatory Analysis”; (2) Develop a Meaningful Process for Environmental Justice Communities’ Engagement in Rule-making and the Environmental Review Process; (3) Utilize up-to-date data; and (4) Revise pollution thresholds in the context of climate change.