Environmental Justice & Equity

Working to build economic, social and environmental justice (EJ) in New Jersey's urban communities faced with the disproportionate impacts of pollution. Campaigns include:

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Clean Water Action’s NJ and National Environmental Justice Director, Kim Gaddy, Honored with Russ Berrie Make a Difference Award

New Jersey - For the 25th Anniversary of the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award, an outstanding group of 24 Honorees were recognized from across the state of New Jersey, this year virtually. Among them was Clean Water Action’s very own New Jersey Environmental Justice Director, Kim Gaddy. Ms. Gaddy along with other individuals were selected by the Advisory Board out of a pool of 330+ nominations submitted in 2020 and 2021.

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Recognition in the fight for Environmental Justice!

The Murphy administration in New Jersey honored a wide array of environmental leaders with its 2020

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Governor Murphy, PVSC Postpone Vote on Dirty Newark Power Plant Scheme

Faced with deep community opposition, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) pulled a planned vote to begin construction on a new $180 million gas-fired power plant at the agency’s sewage facility in the Ironbound section of Newark.

From We All Live Downstream

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August 3, 2022

We will all breathe easier once New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law is implemented. Signed by Governor Murphy two years ago, the law gives the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) the power to deny permits to polluting industries that would further harm overburdened communities all across the state. It has the potential to be one of the strongest policies of this type in the nation.

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October 22, 2021

Yesterday, Governor Newsom and CalGEM (California Geologic Energy Management), the state agency that regulates oil and gas production, announced a draft rule to create a 3200-foot setback from new oil and gas wells to protect frontline communities. This setback would place a health and safety buffer zone between new oil and gas wells and homes, schools, hospitals, as well as other sensitive receptors .

Kim Gaddy and Clean Water Action at a Ports Motorcade Rally for Clean Air & Good Jobs. Photo by Jeanette Mitchell
July 19, 2016

Mayor Baraka at Motorcade Rally. Photo by Jeanette MitchellYesterday, Clean Water Action joined the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and City of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to lead a motorcade rally through the port followed by a rally on the steps of City Hall to demand the Port Authority of NY/NJ ensure clean air and good jobs now.