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Pursuing Environmental Justice: Obstacles and Opportunities - Lessons from the Field

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 31, No. 121, 2009

36 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2010  

Helen H. Kang

Golden Gate University School of Law - Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The pursuit of environmental justice has not moved much beyond the rhetorical sphere, although the consistent efforts of communities have resulted in some hopeful signs from government leadership. Thirty years after environmental justice became a rallying cry, for example, there is still no regulation that accounts for cumulative air pollution at a neighborhood level. Government at all levels must implement ideas such as ending the grandfathering of new major sources and eliminating emission credits in highly polluted areas. The federal government must also initiate rulemaking to address nuisances. In addition to government action, citizens must organize to demand government action to address cumulative pollution.

Keywords: Environmental Justice, Environmental Litigation, Clean Air Act, Cumulative Pollution, Nuisance, Odor

Suggested Citation

Kang, Helen H., Pursuing Environmental Justice: Obstacles and Opportunities - Lessons from the Field (2009). Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 31, No. 121, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1679947

Helen Haekyong Kang (Contact Author)

Golden Gate University School of Law - Environmental Law and Justice Clinic ( email )

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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