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After the Trump assassination attempt, defining democracy gets even harder; Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate; DC residents push back on natural gas infrastructure buildup; and a new law allows youth on Medi-Cal to consent to mental health treatment.

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Donald Trump is formally put up for GOP nomination and picks Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as his running mate. Former presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy and swing state delegates consider ticket.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

MN podría incluir la justicia ambiental para decidir sobre proyectos industriales

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Existen disparidades raciales en Minnesota cuando se trata de casos de asma. Defensores de la justicia ambiental dicen que ese es un ejemplo de la contaminación que afecta de manera desproporcionada a las comunidades de color, y esperan que un proyecto de ley en la Legislatura agregue protecciones.

El plan pide a la Agencia de Control de la Contaminación que considere si un sitio industrial u otra entidad que busca un permiso se sumaría al impacto acumulativo en un área racialmente diversa que ya tiene factores ambientales estresantes. Carolina Ortiz, del grupo de defensa latino COPAL MN, dice que el momento es especialmente importante ya que Minnesota recibe muchos migrantes por razones climáticas de otros países.

"Están huyendo de la contaminación, algunas de las barreras adicionales que enfrentan allí, pero luego vienen aquí para enfrentar lo mismo, solo que en un lugar diferente," expresó Ortiz.

Criterios para estas áreas de justicia ambiental incluirían ciertos porcentajes de personas que no son blancas, que hablan inglés limitado, así como los niveles de ingresos y las tierras tribales. La medida ha sido escuchada por varios comités y se espera que se incluya en un proyecto de ley general más amplio. La Liga de Ciudades de Minnesota reconoce la necesidad, pero le preocupa cómo las instalaciones municipales de agua necesitarán revisiones periódicas de los permisos.

El defensor legal de COPAL, Tim Schaefer, explica que no debe verse como un obstáculo para el crecimiento económico porque puede ayudar a crear comunidades más fuertes y saludables.

"Si el crecimiento económico se produce a expensas de la salud humana, si se produce a expensas de las familias, de la seguridad y el bienestar de las personas, no vale la pena," enfatizó Schaefer.

Roxxanne O'Brien, una defensora de la justicia ambiental en el norte de Minneapolis, añade que los vecindarios en su área a menudo carecen del poder para limitar el desarrollo de la industria, el tráfico y la contaminación que conlleva.

"No somos los que agregamos mucho a la huella de carbono aquí, manifestó OBrien, pero somos los que más la sufren."

Nota Aclaratoria: COPAL MN contribuye a nuestro fondo para informar sobre participación cívica, justicia ambiental, asuntos de inmigrantes, justicia social. Si desea ayudar a respaldar noticias de interés público, haga clic aquí.


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