Congressional subcommittee discusses environmental justice laws (includes video story)

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), passed in 1969, is often called the Magna Carta of environmental laws. It requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of proposed major federal actions prior to making decisions.

On Thursday, the Republican-controlled Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to survey whether the Council of Environmental Quality has exceeded its statutory role of overseeing the execution of NEPA,

Five witnesses were called to testify at the hearing on Capitol Hill, including Florida International University’s Director of Environmental Finance & Risk Mario Loyola.

The committee plans to reconvene soon to reach a consensus on future legislation regarding environmental justice.

Hawah Ezell is a senior digital broadcasting student with a concentration in criminal justice. She is passionate about social justice and human rights. She plans on pursuing a career in multi-media journalism where she intends to give a voice to the voiceless.