Booker bill takes aim at environmental injustices

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DAVID CRUZ / NJTV NEWS – In the shadow of Route 280, which cuts across Newark like an ugly scar, sits the playground of McKinley Elementary, where kids play within earshot of roaring trains and buses and within breathing distance of fumes from truck and car traffic.

“This is our reality, you have pre-K students through eighth grade at this school, 100 autistic children and each and every day the quality of their lives is impacted by the pollution that spurs in this community,” said Kim Gaddy, an environmental justice organizer with Clean Water Action. “You talk about the diesel emissions and you could hear the trucks roaring right behind us, so when our children are out here playing on these playgrounds, they are breathing in these toxic fumes.” …

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