Trenton – Today, Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) praised United States Senator Cory Booker for his introduction of federal environmental justice legislation. Singleton, who has made environmental justice a top legislative priority, issued the following statement:
“I wholeheartedly support the environmental justice legislation that Senator Booker has introduced, and I thank him for his leadership on this issue at the federal level. While this proposal will ultimately benefit all of those affected by environmental pollution, it will specifically target the injustices that have occurred in minority and low-income communities across the nation.
“For decades, poor, urban, and minority communities have been the dumping site for polluters and toxic industries, and they have never had a real voice. For generations, these communities have suffered from the adverse effects of the environmental degradation of their neighborhoods. By tackling this issue both nationally, and here in New Jersey, we are sending a clear message that everyone – regardless of their zip code, income, or race – deserves the right to breathe clean air, to drink clean water, and to live free of toxic pollutants.”
Singleton is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1700, which would direct the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to designate an area within a municipality as an “environmental justice community.”