Environmental Justice in the Clean Power Plan

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing discussing how environmental justice (EJ) is addressed through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Clean Power Plan, the nation's first-ever rules limiting carbon pollution from power plants (which are the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States). The Clean Power Plan will not only cut millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, but also hundreds of thousands of tons of particulate pollution that becomes soot and smog. Cutting these emissions will help prevent thousands of premature deaths, heart attacks, asthma attacks, and missed work days. Minority and low-income communities, which are more likely to be located in areas burdened with pollution, will particularly benefit from these emission reductions.

In accordance with Executive Order 12898, EPA is required to make environmental justice a part of its mission. After active involvement and feedback from the EJ community, the final Clean Power Plan provides tools to reduce the burden placed on minority, low-income, and indigenous communities from pollution and ensure that these communities are not disproportionately affected by the rule. Please join us as our panel explores how incorporating environmental justice concerns into the Clean Power Plan's implementation can help vulnerable communities.

Speakers for this forum are:

  • Mustafa Ali, Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice, EPA
  • Mark Magaña, President, GreenLatinos
  • Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Associate, Skeo Solutions

This briefing is the first in a series examining environmental justice perspectives on the Clean Power Plan.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Laura Small at lsmall@eesi.org or (202) 662-1892.