​​​​​​​Climate, Labor, and Environmental Equity Act

As Marylanders, we pride ourselves on our commitment to equality and justice for all. But our government hasn't always adhered to these principles. For decades, Maryland agencies have allowed companies and others to build wastewater treatment plants, mining operations, major highways, and other projects in or near low-wealth communities and communities of color. These projects often threaten public and environmental health – but state agencies don’t fully consider how they harm people, communities, or our planet or seek meaningful input from affected communities. 

The Result

These communities pay a heavy price with their jobs, with their health, and with their lives. 


Fortunately, there is a solution. The Climate, Labor, and Environmental Equity Act (SB 743) will help end environmental racism by strengthening the process to obtain permits for projects that threaten our air, land, water, and people. Specifically, it will require state agencies to fully assess the health and environmental impacts of such projects on marginalized communities and prioritize these communities for public protection.

Marylanders, and specifically low-wealth people and communities of color, cannot wait any longer for past-due protections. Passing the Climate, Labor, and Environmental Equity Act is a matter of health, safety, and justice for all.  


You can help. The Climate, Labor, and Environmental Equity Act (SB 743) is pending in the Maryland state legislature. Please sign up here to get further involved


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