Environmental justice: The new civil rights?

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Calling it the civil rights issue of their time, environmental justice advocates yesterday backed a new bill to ensure low-income and minority communities have the tools to fight projects that increase pollution in their neighborhoods.

The legislation, to be introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), aims to expand protections to communities burdened by developments that cause environmental problems and impact the health of residents.

With scores of diesel trucks speeding by nearby on Route 280 during a press conference, Booker called the bill “a commonsense’’ approach to the problems imposed on communities like Newark that affect the health and wellbeing of their residents …

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