ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Water Quality: Environmental Justice Act of 2021

Michigan has faced Environmental injustice for decades and no one has done anything about it. I will prioritize environmental justice in all that I do. Communities of color are bearing a dual and disproportionate burden from poor water quality air pollution. We have a moral, ethical and legislative obligation to fix the problems now and I will reduce the high environmental justice (“EJ”) scores” that plague our state in both urban and rural areas.

The Issue:

The Flint Water Crisis must never happen again in our state. Toxics in the water have serious consequences for the families who must use it for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

A new study called Watered Down Justice, says states are neglecting Black and brown communities after analyzing Environmental Protection Agency data for 200,000 violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Shri’s Solution:

I will work to stop infrastructure disenfranchisement and disinvestment affecting communities of color and legislate to eradicate the exposure to cancer causing agents that risk Michigan’s health,  compromise fertility, trigger developmental effects and serious infections by increasing enforcement and prosecutions, increase inspections at industrial sites to prevent pollution from occurring, and invest much more money in community water systems so they can afford to make necessary upgrades and repairs.

Air Quality: Community Air Protection Act

The Issue:

The burden of air pollution is not evenly shared. African Americans, Asians, Latinos and low-income people are breathing in significantly more pollution than other demographic groups in Michigan. Predominantly Black neighborhoods, which are exposed to contaminated land, illegal dumping and blight removal,  are also hardest hit concerning air pollution that has caused 30,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2015 and Michigan is not immune.

The risk increases for people living in areas with higher unemployment or higher use of public transportation. Poor air quality also worsens asthma and often goes hand-in-hand in areas where Medicaid enrollment was high. Emissions from power plants, vehicles, and other source produce particles that are the most dangerous to health, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Once inhaled, they can travel far down into the lungs and possibly even enter the circulatory system.

Shri’s Solution:

I will legislate to reduce inequities in air quality that are based on race and income. We have an ethical obligation to propose legislation to do the following:

  • Develop & Implement Community Air Protection Program: The program will work with local air districts, community groups and industries to identify real solutions to air quality problems in hot spots.
  • Reduce the use of diesel vehicles for transporting goods.
  • Mandate zero-emission buses by 2029.
  • Expand Michigan’s efforts to encourage the use of personal electric vehicles.

Develop infrastructure for electric vehicle charging in lower-income and densely populated areas.

Water Quality: Environmental Justice Act of 2021

Michigan has faced Environmental injustice for decades and no one has done anything about it. I will prioritize environmental justice in all that I do. Communities of color are bearing a dual and disproportionate burden from poor water quality air pollution. We have a moral, ethical and legislative obligation to fix the problems now and I will reduce the high environmental justice (“EJ”) scores” that plague our state in both urban and rural areas.

The Issue:

The Flint Water Crisis must never happen again in our state. Toxics in the water have serious consequences for the families who must use it for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

A new study called Watered Down Justice, says states are neglecting Black and brown communities after analyzing Environmental Protection Agency data for 200,000 violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Shri’s Solution:

I will work to stop infrastructure disenfranchisement and disinvestment affecting communities of color and legislate to eradicate the exposure to cancer causing agents that risk Michigan’s health,  compromise fertility, trigger developmental effects and serious infections by increasing enforcement and prosecutions, increase inspections at industrial sites to prevent pollution from occurring, and invest much more money in community water systems so they can afford to make necessary upgrades and repairs.

Air Quality: Community Air Protection Act

The Issue:

The burden of air pollution is not evenly shared. African Americans, Asians, Latinos and low-income people are breathing in significantly more pollution than other demographic groups in Michigan. Predominantly Black neighborhoods, which are exposed to contaminated land, illegal dumping and blight removal,  are also hardest hit concerning air pollution that has caused 30,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2015 and Michigan is not immune.

The risk increases for people living in areas with higher unemployment or higher use of public transportation. Poor air quality also worsens asthma and often goes hand-in-hand in areas where Medicaid enrollment was high. Emissions from power plants, vehicles, and other source produce particles that are the most dangerous to health, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Once inhaled, they can travel far down into the lungs and possibly even enter the circulatory system.

Shri’s Solution:

I will legislate to reduce inequities in air quality that are based on race and income. We have an ethical obligation to propose legislation to do the following:

  • Develop & Implement Community Air Protection Program: The program will work with local air districts, community groups and industries to identify real solutions to air quality problems in hot spots.
  • Reduce the use of diesel vehicles for transporting goods.
  • Mandate zero-emission buses by 2029.
  • Expand Michigan’s efforts to encourage the use of personal electric vehicles.

Develop infrastructure for electric vehicle charging in lower-income and densely populated areas.

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SHRI THANEDAR FOR STATE REP

Use Your Power. Join Our Movement.