Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 1996


Community reaction to a proposal to build the first new power plant in decades in San Francisco has forced a California agency, the California Energy Commission (CEC), to hold the first ever evidentiary hearings explicitly on the issue of environmental justice. In the process, fundamental questions regarding civil rights, energy development, environmental decision-making and economic development in poor communities are being litigated. At stake is the public and economic health of a community and perhaps the conscience of our environmental regulatory system.