CEQA Promotes Environmental Justice

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The environmental justice movement arose out of grassroots resistance to a pervasive pattern of siting the most dangerous, polluting facilities in communities with predominantly low-income residents and minorities. This trend is driven in large part by zoning requirements, low property costs, and the fact that many low-income communities lack the political clout to effectively oppose these projects.


Chapter 5 in Everyday Heroes Protect the Air We Breathe, the Water We Drink, and the Natural Areas We Prize, p. 91, (Karen Douglas, et al., eds., Planning and Conservation League 2005).