City Council Testimony on Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Racism in Philadelphia

At a December 12 hearing of the Health and Human Services Committee of Philadelphia City Council, Executive Director Jennifer Clarke delivered testimony prepared by Staff Attorney Ebony Griffin on the disparate health impacts of air pollution on low-income and minority neighborhoods in Philadelphia, using Nicetown as a case study, and proposes changes to the process by which polluting facilities are approved.

Pennsylvania’s DEP Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy Should be Strengthened

September 12, 2018 – Earlier this year, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a revised draft of its Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy. This policy provides guidelines for the DEP’s approach to the permit review process in Environmental Justice Areas–communities where 20 percent of residents live below the federal poverty line and/or 30 percent […]

Proposed Anti-Squatting Bill Will Have Unintended Consequences

Philadelphia City Council has recently introduced two proposals to address the problem of trespassing into residential properties – a practice often described as “squatting.” As long-standing advocates for homeowners and tenants, we and Community Legal Services value the importance of preserving property rights, as well as protecting legitimate occupants from illegal lock outs and other illegal eviction practices.

Windows and Doors Ordinance Important to Fight on Disinvestment in Philadelphia

Community groups fighting to revitalize their communities from the blighting effect of boarded up and uncared for buildings lost an important tool when first a Philadelphia court and then the Commonwealth Court struck down a City ordinance requiring operable doors and windows on vacant buildings.

Request for Proposals: Grounded in Philly Improvements

The Public Interest Law Center is seeking proposals for improvements.

Civil Rights Commission Urged to Review EPA’s Title VI Enforcement

In August 2017 we signed onto a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights asking the Commission to follow up on its 2016 report: Environmental Justice: Examining the Environmental Protection Agency’s Compliance and Enforcement of Title VI and Executive Order 12898 (EJ Report).

Law Center Joins Brief in Historic Clean Water Case

The Law Center joined a group of nearly 100 non-profit organizations, small business owners and elected officials in submitting an amicus brief supporting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) in a historic clean water case.

A Letter About Proposed Budget Cuts to the EPA

The Law Center signed on to a joint letter from the Environmental Justice Community and its supporters to Administrator Scott Pruitt regarding the proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Law Center Signs Letter About Executive Order on Regulations

The Law Center signed a letter along with 122 other organizations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the interim guidance implementing Section 2 of President Trump’s January 20, 2017 executive order, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”

Critical Steps to Strengthen EPA’s Title VI Compliance and Enforcement Program

We signed on to a letter and stand proudly behind Marianne Engelman, senior staff attorney of Earthjustice, who composed a letter to EPA Chief of Staff Matt Fritz and Office of Civil Rights Acting Director Lilian Dorkain in support of reforming and building upon the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Title VI compliance and enforcement program.