Description: Challenge to California’s cap-and-trade program on grounds that it adversely impacted low-income and minority neighborhoods.
Coalition for a Safe Environment v. California Air Resources Board
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/12/2012 Letter Download Administrative complaint rejected as not ripe for review. 06/08/2012 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental justice advocates filed a complaint with EPA alleging that California’s economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade program violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it adversely impacted low-income and minority neighborhoods. Specifically, the groups contended that the California Air Resources Board discriminated against communities of color when it adopted the cap-and-trade program because the residents of those neighborhoods would not benefit from the reduction in emissions the program was designed to achieve. At issue was the basic design of the trading program, which allows emitters to reduce emissions or purchase credits. Petitioners alleged that allowing emitters to purchase credits would not result in emission reductions in neighborhoods in and around industrial facilities to reduce harmful air toxics that are emitted along with carbon dioxide.