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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) today announced that the first meeting of the Illinois Commission on Environmental Justice will be held August 14th at 10 a.m. in Chicago and Springfield.
The commission will operate under the principle that environmental justice requires that no segment of the population, regardless of race, national origin, age, or income, should bear disproportionately high or adverse effects of environmental pollution. The commission is charged with advising state entities on environmental justice; analyzing the impact of state and local laws and policies on environmental justice and sustainable communities; developing criteria to assess whether communities in the state may be experiencing environmental issues and recommending options to the Governor’s office and legislators for addressing these issues.
The 20-member volunteer and non-compensated commission will include six state agency directors, a representative of each legislative caucus and 10 members appointed by the Governor to represent affected communities, businesses, environmental organizations, units of local government, experts on environmental health and justice and interested members of the public.
“As a community member in one of the many frontline communities of Chicago, we are excited to be a part of the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission,” said Kimberly Wasserman Nieto, Commission Chair and Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. “To be at the table with different stakeholders working on rural and urban issues that affect us all give us hope to the future of the environment in Illinois.”
Rep. Chris Welch is the Democratic House member appointed to the Commission, and he is looking forward to the meeting. “I’m ready to go to work to prevent injustice of any kind from happening,” Welch said Monday.
Media and members of the public are invited to the meeting, which will be held at 10 a.m. August 14th at:
James R. Thompson Center
Illinois Pollution Control Board
9th Floor-Conference Room 035
100 West Randolph Street
For more information, contact: Kenneth Page, Environmental Justice Officer, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency at 217-524-1284 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Rep. Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 for more information.