Environmental Justice (EJ) is an important issue that has been a concern of the CFB and all its members for decades. Some of the major incidents that have driven new regulations in the early 1980's generated local concerns of the disproportionate impact of hazardous materials on neighborhoods of color.
Recent statewide EJ efforts in Fresno and LA County have focused both State and local regulatory programs on specific areas of concern addressing a broad array of issues such as pesticide use, permitted facilities, solid waste, hazardous waste, zoning and air quality.
The CFB supports efforts to coordinate State and local EJ projects and encourages its membership to reach out and proactively support local EJ entities.
The issue coordinator for EJ is Vincent Mendes, Fresno County DPH.