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Tackling Peak Pollution: Achieving Environmental Justice for Frontline Communities


Chairwoman Maloney's Opening Statement 

Washington D.C. (August 25, 2021)— On Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. ET in Astoria, New York, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hybrid Committee roundtable entitled, “Tackling Peak Pollution:  Achieving Environmental Justice for Frontline Communities.”  


Building upon the Committee’s July 21, 2021, hearing entitled “Building Back with Justice:  Environmental Justice is Central to the American Jobs Plan,” this roundtable will feature voices from frontline communities that have been disproportionately burdened by pollution from power plants that operate during times of peak electricity demand.  These plants are less efficient than other sources but emit more toxins, demonstrating the need for the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative and high-impact solutions at the federal, state, and local levels.​ 


During the event, Chairwoman Maloney will lead a discussion with panelists on new environmental justice proposals to curb deadly pollution in frontline communities and direct federal resources to these neighborhoods.   


A livestream of the hybrid Committee roundtable will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website. 




Calvin Thompson 
Finance and Special Initiatives Associate


Ilona Duverge
Co-Founder and NYC Director
Movement School


Annel Hernandez
Associate Director
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance


Elena Krieger, PhD
Director of Research
Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy

Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright
Director of Environmental Justice
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest