This report looks at AG policy wins from the past year; reviews federal rulemaking progress during the Biden administration so far; and examines the importance of and obstacles to public input, as well as the role AGs can play in facing those challenges.
Several states have started to address the disproportionate and inequitable effects that their low-income and minority communities have long faced through new statutes that impose permitting limits or enshrine additional environmental review requirements.
Student Blog Series
The passage of New York’s cumulative impacts analysis bill by the state legislature in April 2022 was heralded by environmental justice groups as groundbreaking. If Governor Hochul signs the bill, New York can pave the way toward environmental equity in the state.
Insights by Tatiana Zapata
Tatiana Zapata is a part-time student at St. John’s University School of Law and serves as the Vice President of the school’s Environmental Law Society; she is also a student member of the NYCBA Committee on Environmental Law. Tatiana is a first-generation law student and first-generation Colombian immigrant dedicated to advocating on behalf of historically marginalized communities.