From Green Right Now Reports
Human rights and poverty activists in California scored a win on Tuesday when the legislature passed a bill that would earmark money from pollution fees to assist people in communities that have been most directly affected by pollution. The bill also would help fund job creation.
The Climate Change Community Benefits Fund, or AB 1405, would mandate that a minimum of 10 percent of revenues from polluters fined under California’s clean energy and air pollution standards be set aside for job training, public health initiatives and pollution clean-up in low-income communities.
The bill would “help Californians who are least able to confront the impacts of the climate crisis,” said Evelyn Rangel-Medina of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a supporter of AB 1405. “As California takes steps to solve our climate crisis, we must invest in the California neighborhoods that have suffered the most from pollution and the recession.”
The bill now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for signing, before it can become law.