Environmental risks and harms affect certain geographic areas and populations more than others. The environmental justice movement is aimed at having the public and private sectors address this disproportionate burden of risk and exposure to pollution in minority and/or low-income communities, and for those communities to be engaged in the decisionmaking processes.
This revised and updated edition of Environmental Justice: Legal Theory & Practice addresses the legal and social aspects of this important field as well as its relation to sustainable development. From the perspectives of both environmental and civil rights law, the book explores how environmental justice issues are framed, addressed, and resolved in the United States through acts of civil disobedience; federal, state, and local government initiatives; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; and mediation.
"Environmental justice issues often rise to the forefront, especially in the permitting and environmental assessment arenas. As a practicing environmental lawyer, I find these concerns to be increasingly common as well as increasingly complicated. Professor Hill’s textbook/handbook—actually a treatise—is the definitive work on this area of evolving law. It is an outstanding resource for attorneys working on environmental justice and related issues, as well as judges, teachers and students. It is thoroughly researched and eminently readable. And it provides a comprehensive and insightful account of the development of the concept of environmental justice in the United States, the current state of the law, and what may be next on the horizon. Professor Hill has provided a roadmap for this complex area, in which economic development often collides with public health concerns, and environmental laws—and environmental justice concepts in particular—are designed to accommodate both of these often conflicting objectives. In short, Professor’s Hill’s textbook/handbook is must reading for anyone interested in environmental justice.” Mark A. Chertok, Principal, SIVE, PAGET & RIESEL P.C.