Environmental

Justice

Environmental Justice

Communities of color, Tribes, and low-income communities often experience a disproportionate share of the negative impacts of pollution and industrial development. Taking the lead from our clients and partners who are working in these communities, Crag helps strengthen organizing efforts by educating and advocating for legal solutions to remedy disparate impacts of environmental pollution. Crag’s first environmental justice case challenged under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to respond to complaints from the Rosemere Neighborhood Association in Washington. We have continued environmental justice work since that first landmark victory, including representing native communities in Alaska and Oregon to protect subsistence hunting and cultural values.

What We’re Working On

Environmental Justice Win in West Eugene!

Environmental Justice Win in West Eugene!

Lane County Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) has agreed to improve air quality monitoring and community engagement in West Eugene. The changes come in response to a civil rights and environmental justice complaint Crag filed on behalf of Beyond Toxics with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The complaint challenged the Lane County agency’s 2013 decision to allow Seneca Sustainable Energy to increase pollution discharges from its West Eugene power plant.

Fighting Freeway Expansion

Fighting Freeway Expansion

Fighting Freeway Expansion The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants to expand I-5 in the historically black Albina neighborhood in Portland (you may know it as the Rose Quarter). This expansion would mean more lanes of traffic and more ramps. It also...

Restoring Portland Harbor

Restoring Portland Harbor

Restoring Portland Harbor CRAG represents the Nez Perce Tribe’s interests in the Portland Harbor Superfund project on the Willamette River. The lower stretch of the Willamette River, near its confluence with the Columbia River, has long been central to the livelihoods...

Challenging Arctic Oil Drilling to Protect Native Fishing Grounds

Challenging Arctic Oil Drilling to Protect Native Fishing Grounds

The Crag Law Center today filed a legal challenge to an offshore exploration plan approved by the Minerals Management Service in the Beaufort Sea in Alaska.  Crag is working with local Native groups, including the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, a regional...

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