The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) glossary defines overburdened communities as minority, low-income, tribal, or indigenous groups in the United States that potentially experience disproportionate environmental harms and risks. Within New Jersey’s 8.85 million people, nearly 50% of the residents live in overburdened communities. Many of these overburdened communities exist in South Jersey in major cities such as Trenton and Camden. In order to alleviate such a large issue affecting millions of New Jersey residents, NJ lawmakers created the Environmental Justice Law that was signed by governor Phil Murphy in September 2020.
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