Category Archive for: Environmental Health and Justice

Hydrofracking

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The onset and evolution of hydrofracking processes have triggered rapid growth in natural-gas and light crude oil extraction from deposits deep underground.  The processes involve horizontally drilling into shale rock, inserting steel and concrete reinforced wells, and injecting water, sand and various chemicals deep underground to fracture the shale rock formations that hold deposits. In…



“Brownfields” Legislation

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At the state and federal level, numerous new programs have been proposed or initiated, and a variety of new laws have been passed in an effort to spur the development of “Brownfields,” or former industrial sites, primarily clustered in and around older urban areas, which are environmentally contaminated, abandoned, or underutilized. Brownfields programs and laws…



Strengthening Protections for Endangered Species and Habitats

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Torah does not permit a killing that would uproot a species, even if it permitted the killing [of individuals] in that species. -Nachmanides, Commentary on Deuteronomy 22:6. Background: In 1996, the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC) took action in response to the rapid destruction of habitats and species around the world, advocating that…



Environmental Leadership and Justice

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Recent attacks on environmental protections have raised profound questions about the fulfillment of our solemn moral obligation to serve as responsible stewards of our natural heritage and to bequeath to future generations an improved, rather than a degraded, world. Furthermore, the nation has not engaged in a comprehensive effort to end environmental injustices, leaving some…



The Protection of Biological Diversity

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Beginning in the late 1970’s with concerns about US energy independence and its implications for Israel’s security, environment issues, including water pollution, toxic waste clean-up, and environmental justice, have emerged as significant policy concerns of the organized American Jewish community. The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council recognizes the importance of environmental preservation to the…