Enviro Groups Call Calif.'s Cap-And-Trade Program Biased

Law360, San Diego (June 11, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT) -- The Association of Irritated Residents and other environmental organizations on Friday launched a new challenge against California's cap-and-trade program, claiming it discriminates against minorities who live near refineries, cement companies and power plants.

Lodging a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the group asserts that the California Air Resources Board's cap-and-trade system is in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it will inflict a significant disparate and adverse impact on African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders living within 6 miles of facilities regulated by the program.

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