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Access to Environmental Justice in the United States: Embracing Environmental and Social Concerns to Achieve Environmental Justice by J. Mijin Cha

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This chapter begins with a definition of the environmental justice movement and its evolution to the present day. The idea of environmental justice encompasses culture, race, gender, age, class, and power relations in issues ranging from health-related agriculture to inner-city toxic contamination of children. The chapter focuses on the legal and legislative gateways available and their effectiveness in providing a way for poor, minority communities to voice their opposition. In looking for legal relief, plaintiffs can either approach the courts for violations of applicable environmental or civil rights standards or approach an administrative agency and file an administrative complaint. Two current cases help to highlight the current environmental-justice struggle: the Kivalina Relocation Planning Committee v Teck Cominco, Alaska and the Title VI claim filed with the Department of Energy on behalf of the residents of Blythe, California. Finally, the chapter also focuses on the future direction of the justice movement.

Keywords: Blythe; environmental justice movement; Kivalina Relocation Planning Committee; legislative gateways

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