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NLG-SFBA | Committees

Environmental Justice Committee

The Environmental Justice (EJ) committee of the NLG-SFBA seeks to support the organizing of frontline communities in the Bay Area most impacted by poor environmental conditions and to fortify their efforts by providing legal defense and support such as impact litigation, activist defense, legislative analysis, submission of public records acts and consultation based on needs of the EJ movement. The EJ committee launched in February 2021 and seeks to be a political home for EJ minded lawyers and legal workers.

Our committee meets the second Friday of the month at noon. For more information on how to join and support the EJ Committee, contact us below. Organizations seeking support from the Committee can also reach out to us at this contact email and fill in our survey link!

Current Projects & Recent Activity

  • The EJ committee is researching challenges to the unjust approval of the India Basin Mixed Use Development project in Bayview Hunters Point. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the development despite the cumulative impacts to regional air quality and unavoidable health risks for residents.
  • Several San Francisco agencies have admitted to violating the city’s Language Access Ordinance (LAO) barring necessary community access to decision-making. The EJ Committee is researching these ongoing violations and seeks to hold agencies accountable to complying with their own regulations.
  • The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) allows several cement and aggregate plants that have been operating in violation of air quality regulations within Bayview Hunters Point for years to continue to seek permits. The BAAQMD’s enforcement of permit violations is woefully inadequate, and the EJ committee drafted and submitted comments addressing the ongoing procedural, health, and environmental injustices in June 2021.
  • The EJ Committee provided support for the community-organized People’s Earth Day Rally in April 2021 by drafting legal background comments and conducting outreach for the event. Contaminated sites such as the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard continue to plague community and environmental health regionally, and advocates sought to challenge the hazardous Lennar Shipyard Development project, calling for a moratorium on excavation by the Lennar company.
  • Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Webinar [embedded video above]

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