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Clean drinking water is a right


The Biden administration has introduced the Justice40 Initiative. This initiative aims to make 40% of certain funds available to marginalized and underserved communities that are more likely impacted by pollution. This is especially seen in not only urban communities due to local industry, but also in more rural locations such as Cancer Alley in Louisiana and mining communities in Appalachia. The commonality in these regions is lack of resources and, at times, the knowledge needed to oppose and restrict these operations.

Clean drinking water is a right, yet many communities lack this basic and essential resource

According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), consistent drinking water violations occurred 40 percent more frequently in communities of color. Examples include the Flint, Michigan and Jackson, Mississippi water crises both effecting majority Black cities. Pennsylvania is no stranger to these issues as seen in cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in which residents are exposed to similar issues.

The Justice40 Initiative, by directing resources to these communities, will address these concerns and provide equity in these areas in line with more affluent communities. Water issues like these along with lead removal programs, flood mitigation efforts as well as funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency in agricultural regions are all commendable and should be supported. Contact your representatives and request they express support for this initiative.

Dave Porigow, Hilltown

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