NYLPI Authors Amicus Brief in Challenge to Environmental Review

October 11, 2017

Environmental Justice

lead dust during construction

NYLPI’s Environmental Justice Program authored an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, New York Chapters 2 & 3; WE ACT for Environmental Justice; and Healthy Schools Network in the case Friends of P.S. 163 v. Jewish Home Lifecare. This case involves a challenge to the environmental review of a construction project next to an elementary school, on the grounds that the lead agency failed to consider or require adequate mitigation of the impacts of lead dust and construction noise on young children in the school. NYLPI’s brief, on behalf of experts and advocates on children’s lead exposure, argues that the Court of Appeals should require agencies to explicitly consider the more severe environmental impacts from proposed projects on sensitive populations such as children being exposed to lead and noise at school by using more tailored standards and thresholds for exposure levels and by implementing more extensive protection and mitigation measures.

Read the final motion and amicus brief here.

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