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State promotes environmental justice

A member of the team staffing the Washington State Environmental Justice Council since November 2021, Rowena Pineda helps implement the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act.

Goals of the act include incorporating concern about environmental injustice into the decision-making processes of state agencies, improving government accountability to communities and creating consistent and accessible paths for meaningful community involvement in government decisions.

The HEAL Act created the Environmental Justice Council (EJC), an advisory board whose members are appointed by the Governor. The EJC is a conduit between communities and state government.

Its 16 members include representatives of tribes, communities, youth, business, labor, environmental justice practitioners and an at-large member... . . . . .

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