Frontline Communities Protection Act
Take action: Tell your State Representative & Senator—
“No sacrifice communities!”
When multiple sources of pollution are located near each other, the added pollution of each new facility leads to more and more negative impacts on the health and environment of the community. This is known as a cumulative impact.
These polluting facilities are most often built in places where people are low-income earners and Black, Indigenous, or from other communities of color. This is environmental injustice.
This isn’t just a problem in Minnesota’s largest cities, it is a problem in disregarded communities across the state. Rural or urban, we need to make sure that corporate polluters can’t use weak regulations to target certain communities with these harms.
The Frontline Community Protection Act [Cumulative Impacts Bill] (HF 637/SF 466) is a critical step to addressing the unjust burdens these communities carry. This will stop the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency from permitting new polluting facilities in over-burdened neighborhoods if these facilities would make air and water pollution worse. It also gives people a genuine say in how decisions about industrial development in their communities are made
No matter where they are in the state, overburdened communities deserve environmental justice. We need to properly address the systemic injustices that have led to a clear disparity in the burden of pollution, which means empowering our most overburdened communities. Don’t allow corporate interests to continue being prioritized over the health and environment of our communities.
Tell your legislators to support strong legislation that gives communities already overburdened with pollution.
This online action was created in partnership with the Frontline Communities Protection Coalition, of which CURE is a member. The Coalition’s goal is to stop the disproportionate pollution in low income and Black, Indigenous, and other frontline communities across Minnesota. The Coalition has been working for more than three years to address this issue across Minnesota by organizing impacted communities and concerned allies, and pushing for a cumulative impacts bill in the Minnesota legislature.