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Legislative Corner 

September 30th The Legislative session ended. Click here to read our round-up.

◊ August 29th Senate Bill 812 passed its final vote and heads straight to the Governor's desk for signing!

◊ July 23rd LA Times Editiorial Board came out in support of SB 812, Dept. of Toxic Substances Control reform.

◊ June 26th Provisions in Assembly Bill 2145 that would have stripped communities of the right to choose to use clean energy were removed.


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Community Held Hostage by Rotten Neighbor Frustrated by the lack of action, CRPE partnered with Global Community Monitor and community activists to release a report outlining the serious harms that the local Community Recycling and Resource Recovery (CRRR) facility has caused the communities of Lamont and Arvin. For decades, the CRRR composting facility has been a rotten neighbor, producing powerful toxic odors and continually violating safety and worker regulations, to the point that two young brothers died on the job at the facility in 2011. This report is being released on the third anniversary of their deaths. Read the Full Story
An Important Legislative Update from CRPE The 2014 legislative season officially ended September 30th and we saw some major victories that will directly benefit low-income communities of color. Unfortunately, this year we also suffered a major blow when the Governor decided to put corporate interests before public health and vetoed Senate Bill 812. Thanks to your support the bill authored by Senator Kevin de Leon passed through the assembly and the senate only to die on the Governor's desk. Read on for a full update from our legislative team... Read the Full Story
The People's Senate Vision for Change We are excited to announce our newest project, The People's Senate. Founded on the principle that the residents most impacted must lead the conversation and make the decisions that affect their communities, the Senate is a coalition of residents impacted by the incompetence of the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control. Tasked with protecting California from the harms of toxic exposure, DTSC has been failing at their duties and harming communities. Now, the People's Senate has just released their vision for change at DTSC. Read the Full Story
Portraits of America's First Climate Refugees The Native Village of Kivalina, Alaska is on track to become the nation's first community displaced by climate change. This island is projected to become uninhabitable by 2025. CRPE has been working with the community to fight for the funds needed to relocated. In May 2014 Seattle based photographer Suzanne Tennant accompanied CRPE's legal director Brent Newell to Alaska to capture their story in photos. Read the Full Story

The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment is a national environmental justice organization providing legal, organizing, and technical assistance to grassroots groups in low-income communities and communities of color. We are driven by the belief that all people have the right to live, work, play and pray in a healthy environment, regardless of their race, place or income.