Editorial: Polluters abuse N.J.’s poor. New law will give people the power to stop them.

new jersey environment, pollution, epa, superfund

TIMES OF TRENTON – The color of your skin or the thickness of your wallet shouldn’t determine your ability to breathe clean air.

That’s the logic behind a measure moving through the New Jersey Legislature which aims to give residents of poorer urban communities a powerful voice when it comes to the kind of development going on in their neighborhoods.

Sponsored by Democratic senators Troy Singleton of Burlington County and Loretta Weinberg of Bergen County, Bill S-1700 recognizes that pollution and contamination play a disproportionate role in certain communities – the legacy of policies too long left unchecked …

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