13 January 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Nayamin Martinez on organizing for farmworker justice
Environmental Health News, 12 Jan 2022

Nayamin Martinez joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss advocating for farmworker health and workplace protections in California's Central Valley. Agents of Change fellow Rodrigo Alatriste-Diaz hosts the show, as Martinez, the director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network, talks about threats to farmworkers' health, including extreme heat, ozone, COVID-19, and pesticide exposure. She also outlines a vision for a more just and healthy food system.

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Shabazz: Time for environmental justice under the law
The Roanoke Times, 12 Jan 2022

The Air Pollution Control Board’s 6-1 rejection of the proposed air permit for a compressor station in Pittsylvania County, a decision David Hudgins condemns in his “Let science speak: Time to restructure activist citizen boards” column (Dec 29, 2021), was the first ever such decision made by the board based on environmental justice parameters set by recent court decisions and the Virginia Environmental Justice Act. 

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In Bolivia, Indigenous groups fear the worst from dam project on Beni River
Mongabay, 11 Jan 2022

More than 5,000 Indigenous people would be impacted by flooding from the construction of two dams in Bolivia, according to Indigenous organizations and environmentalists. Successive governments have mulled the Chepete-El Bala hydroelectric project for more than half a century, and the current administration of President Luis Acre has now revived it as a national priority. While Indigenous groups have successfully rejected the plan in the past, this time a group of 10 Indigenous organizations have signed an agreement with the state energy company approving feasibility studies. If completed, the reservoirs for the project would cover a combined area larger than Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, and inundate an area that’s home to thousands of plant and animal species.

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Meet the EPA staffers key to Biden’s goals
EE News, 11 Jan 2022

EPA Administrator Michael Regan has a team in place ready to deliver on the Biden administration’s goals this year. One priority is implementing the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure law, which gives $60 billion to EPA alone. The agency has already announced plans to use those funds to replace lead pipes and clean up Superfund toxic waste sites. Money will also go to providing electric school buses and mitigating water contamination from "forever chemicals," also known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. On the regulatory front, EPA will be busy. It will be proposing and finalizing rules to protect air, water and climate this year — as well as defending them in court. Also part of this effort is rebuilding the agency, which involves retaining but also hiring new talent to boost its workforce.

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Charity appeal for climate justice: your donation will make a difference
The Guardian, 09 Jan 2022

Climate justice is the theme of this year’s Guardian and Observer charity appeal and with a week to go we have so far raised more than £725,000 for four environment charities: Practical Action, Global Greengrants Fund UK, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Environmental Justice Foundation. Nearly 7,000 readers have already donated. Here, they tell us why.

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North Carolina order on climate, environmental justice is a step forward
Southern Environmental Law Center, 07 Jan 2022

The executive order announced today by Governor Cooper builds on goals originally established in Executive Order 80 to tackle climate change, and creates a much more comprehensive, economy-wide strategy inclusive of transportation to reduce emissions while advancing equity and promoting inclusion. 

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