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Judge: ‘Environmental Justice is Not Merely a Box to Be Checked’

01/08/2020 9:09 pm ET Molly Taft

The state isn't checking pipeline safety—so activists are doing it themselves

An appeals court Tuesday denied a permit needed for a controversial natural gas pipeline compressor station in a historically black neighborhood in Virginia, handing a victory to environmental and social justice groups.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed to deny the permit for a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, whose lead developer is Dominion Energy, agreeing with the groups who brought the suit that the utility and the state’s Air Pollution Control Board failed to adequately consider the impact of emissions on the surrounding community and did not give weight to alternative clean energy options.

“Environmental justice is not merely a box to be checked, and the Board’s failure to consider the disproportionate impact on those closest to the Compressor Station resulted in a flawed analysis,” Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote in the opinion.

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