Chairs Maloney and Grijalva to Hold Press Conference on Advancing Environmental Justice

Mar 9, 2022
Press Release
Members of Congress to Hear from NYC Community Leaders on Environmental Justice Reforms, Impacts of Pollution

 

Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2022)—On Friday, March 11, 2022, at approximately 11:10 a.m. ET in Queens, New York, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, 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 importance of assessing the cumulative impacts of pollution ​and directing resources to environmental justice communities.  The Chairs will hear from ​environmental justice leaders on the implementation and oversight of the Biden-Harris Justice40 Initiative, which is intended to ensure that climate and clean infrastructure investments benefit frontline communities, and is based on state-level policy currently being implemented in New York​. 

 

Following the press conference, members of the media are invited to join a site visit of the Ravenswood Generating Station​, the city’s largest power plant, with Members of Congress, environmental justice leaders, and neighborhood residents.  The visit will examine ongoing efforts to advance environmental justice by repowering the plant with renewable energy within the context of state policy and budget actions, and will also highlight relevant federal legislation.

 

WHAT:  

 

Chairwoman Maloney and Chairman 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 Grijalva

Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources

3rd District of Arizona

 

Elizabeth Yeampierre

Executive Director, UPROSE

Member, New York State Climate Justice Working Group

Steering Committee 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

 

Media planning to attend the press conference and site visit in-person must RSVP to OversightPress@mail.house.gov by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022.  Due to space constraints, attendance at the site visit is limited and subject to confirmation.

 

The full slate of weekend events include:

 

  • 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 Chairman 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
  • 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

 

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117th Congress