Bill Would Allow Private Suits Over Pollution

Law360, New York (April 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have reintroduced matching bills that would add “environmental injustices” such as pollution or contamination to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving individuals the right to take legal action to fight them.

“Communities that have been afflicted by the worst of environmental harms deserve legal recourse for what they have experienced,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), a co-sponsor of the measure. “Some of our nation's most vulnerable communities have no choice but to live on the...
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