The Environmental Justice League worked with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and other stakeholders for over 3 years to pass “Environmental Cleanup Objectives for Schools” (aka the “School Siting Bill”) sponsored by Senator Juan Pichardo and Representative Scott Slater, both of whom represent the Reservoir Triangle neighborhood where Alvarez High School was built on the former site of the Gorham Silver Manufacturing Company.
The School Siting Bill was signed into law by Governor Chaffee on June 6, 2012. Below is a some photo from our press event held on June 25th, celebrating this important environmental justice victory for our state!
Listen to this podcast about the school siting issue – recorded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) featuring Amelia Rose, EJ League Director, and Phil Brown, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences and Director, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, at Northeastern University.
Read the School Siting Fact Sheet about the new law, what it does, and why it’s a good idea.
Read this article in EcoRI about the bill.