We craft model legislation for EJ communities throughout New Jersey and statewide.
Many New Jersey neighborhoods are besieged by combinations of pollutants that result in a cumulative impact that has terrible effects on the health, welfare, and wellbeing of our communities. NJEJA is committed to bringing people together to develop public policies, actions, and programs to prevent and stop these detrimental cumulative impacts.
What are cumulative impacts?
Cumulative impacts can be defined as the impacts caused by multiple pollutants, often emitted by multiple sources of pollution, and their interaction with each other and with any social vulnerabilities that exist in a community. The term is also frequently used to refer to the risks associated with the pollutants and the aforementioned interactions.
Air pollution is one of the most serious environmental health threats in our state and almost certainly impacts EJ communities disproportionately.
Fine particulate matter air pollution has been estimated to cause approximately 200,000 premature deaths in the United States annually.
This deadly pollutant is linked to cardiovascular disease and a variety of pulmonary disorders including lung cancer, asthma and decreased lung function in children.
EJ communities suffer from exposure to a multitude of air pollution sources and the cumulative impacts from air pollutants such as fine particulate matter (PM) that includes diesel particulates, air toxics, and criteria air pollutants that include ozone, lead and the aforementioned fine PM.
Climate change mitigation and adaptation policies should consider the EJ implications of proposed benefits and burdens in relation to the most vulnerable EJ communities.
Because frontline communities feel the double bind of increased risk and increased vulnerability from climate change while contributing the least to this global phenomenon – it is imperative that any New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance 8 climate policies directly incorporate EJ and equity.
A more detailed discussion of climate change EJ policy can be found here [link to pdf in lib].