03.09.22

ADVISORY: Chairs Grijalva and Maloney to Hold Press Conference, Site Visits on Advancing Environmental Justice

Members of Congress to Hear from NYC Community Leaders on Impacts of Pollution, Needed Environmental Justice Legislation

Washington, D.C. On Friday, March 11, 2022, at approximately 11:10 a.m. Eastern in Queens, N.Y., Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold an in-person press conference to kick off a two-day series of events to receive community input on oversight priorities and legislation related to environmental justice, including the historic Environmental Justice For All Act, which was introduced by Chair Grijalva and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) on March 18, 2021.

At the press conference and throughout the events that follow, the Chairs will hear directly from environmental justice leaders about the impacts of pollution on their communities, the work they have done to address those impacts, and federal policies that are needed to support this work, both in their communities and on a national scale. The community site visits and tours will give the Chairs a firsthand look at both the ongoing environmental injustices in these communities and the programs and projects that community leaders have successfully put in place to address them. This input and experience will be invaluable in continuing to shape the Environmental Justice For All Act, which has been drafted through a years-long community-led process.

Following the press conference, media are invited to join the site visits and other events listed below, as capacity allows. Media planning to attend the press conference and/or site visits in-person must RSVP to Lindsay.Gressard@mail.house.gov by 9 a.m. ET on Friday, March 11, 2022. 

The full slate of weekend events includes:

  • Friday, March 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. ET:  Oversight Committee Stakeholder Meeting on Justice40 Initiative Oversight, led by Chairwoman Maloney (closed press)
  • Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:10 a.m. ET:  Chairwoman Maloney and Chair Grijalva Press Conference on Environmental Justice Initiatives
  • Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:45 a.m. ET:  Ravenswood Generating Station Site Visit
  • Friday, March 11, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. ET: Sunset Park Neighborhood Environmental Justice Tour (limited press due to space restrictions)
  • Friday, March 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. ET: Sunset Industrial Park Grid Presentation
  • Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. ET: Virtual Public Input Forum on the Environmental Justice For All Act (closed press)
  • Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. ET: North River Wastewater Treatment Plant Site Visit

  

WHAT:  

 

Chairwoman Maloney and Chair Grijalva to Hold Press Conference on Advancing Environmental Justice

 

WHERE:

Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement, Queensbridge Houses North, 10-25 41st Ave., Queens, NY

 

WHEN:

Friday, March 11, 2022, at 11:10 a.m. ET
 

WHO:    

 

Carolyn B. Maloney

Chairwoman, House Committee on Oversight and Reform

12th District of New York

 

Raúl M. Grijalva

Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources

3rd District of Arizona

 

Elizabeth Yeampierre

Executive Director, UPROSE

Member, New York State Climate Justice Working Group

Board of Directors Co-Chair, Climate Justice Alliance

 

Eddie Bautista

Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Member, New York State Climate Justice Working Group

 

Dana Johnson

Senior Director of Strategy and Federal Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

 

Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright
Director of Environmental Justice, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Member, New York Renews Steering Committee

 

Doreen Harris

President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Co-Chair, New York State Climate Action Council

 

Basil Seggos

Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Co-Chair, New York State Climate Action Council

 

Donovan Richards

President, Borough of Queens, New York

 

Press Contact

Media Contact: Lindsay Gressard

(202) 225-6065 or (202) 740-4715 mobile