Louisiana EJ Groups Ask 5th Circuit To Reinstate Novel Civil Rights Suit

May 31, 2024
Environmental justice (EJ) groups in Louisiana are asking a federal appellate court to reinstate their novel civil rights lawsuit alleging that St. James Parish’s zoning practices, which allow industrial facilities to be sited in Black neighborhoods, are discriminatory and disproportionately expose residents to high pollution levels. But parish officials are resisting, urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to reject the appeal because, they charge, the plaintiffs lack standing. “Plaintiffs, unhappy with environmental emissions of private industry...

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