Castro Wants 'New Civil Rights Legislation' to 'Address Environmental Injustice'

By Susan Jones | September 5, 2019 | 11:57am EDT
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

( - Sue 'em! Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, one of many Democrats running for his party's presidential nomination, said on Wednesday his climate change plan "actually calls for new civil rights legislation to be able to address environmental injustice, including...making sure that there's a private right of action to go -- to file lawsuits against polluters."

Castro told a CNN town hall on climate change the Trump administration won't make the claims, whereas his administration would:

I want to vest that power back in the people so that when we can show a disparate impact of certain practices of companies, of polluters, that everyday Americans are able to file suit to try and get some sort of recourse.

I also believe that we need to invest in these communities and their ability to withstand storms and other natural disasters and their ability to have something as simple as clean water or breathe clean air.

When I was Secretary of Housing, one of the things that I found out was that 70 percent of HUD-funded public housing or subsidized housing was within a mile of a superfund site. Think about that.

That's the environmental racism and injustice that we're dealing with, and my plan would equip Americans with the tools to fight back and also make investments so that we can bring justice to right now what is a tremendous injustice.



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