SACRAMENTO — Veronica Eady has been installed as the California
Air Resources Board assistant executive officer for environmental
justice, according to a news
release on Yubanet.com.
Eady’s new role calls for her serving as the primary internal
and external contact for CARB on issues of environmental justice. She
will also be entrusted with providing policy consultation and
recommendations to fellow staffers.
She will also be a key decision-maker on such matters as the
development and implementation of all major CARB programs, seeking to
make certain that a level of environmental justice and tribal
concerns go into each related decision made.
CARB Chairwoman Mary D. Nichols saluted Eady in the news
release as someone with a lifelong commitment to fighting
pollution and its impacts in communities and tribes.
Civil Justice Association of California President John Doherty
told the Northern California Record he also thinks
Eady’s impact can be profound.
“Environmental justice makes sense on all levels and is a
problem we have to challenge and tackle,” he said. “As long as
her approach is working with companies and being proactive in finding
new solutions and technologies and ways to accomplishing the needs of
infrastructure while trying to reduce pollution, all will be fine.”
Eady previously served as vice president and director of
Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts and was the associate
general counsel and director of environmental justice at the
nonprofit civil-rights law firm New York Lawyers for the Public
Interest, the news
“We hope the goal of the appointment is not to increase the
amount of operational or legal action,” Doherty said. “We don’t
know what approach they plan to take, but the most successful one
would be collaborative.”
Eady has also previously served as director of the Environmental
Justice and Brownfields programs for the Massachusetts Executive
Office of Environmental Affairs. In that capacity, she is also
credited with being the principal author of Massachusetts’
Environmental Justice Policy.
In addition, she once served as executive director of Alternatives
for Community and Environment, an environmental-justice advocacy
organization. She is also the former chair of the EPA’s National
Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
Eady has also held appointments on several faculties, including
Europe-Viadriana University in Germany, Tufts University and the law
schools at Fordham and Stanford, and in the Department of Urban and
Environmental Policy and Planning,
She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where
she majored in journalism. Later, she earned her Juris Doctor from
the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
The CJAC bills itself as an organization dedicated to working in
the state legislature and the court system to decrease “unwarranted
and excessive litigation” that increase expenses for both
governments and businesses, according to the organization's website.
“We’re not opposed to someone looking at environmental
justice, we just hope that it entails cool innovative solutions to
traditional problems,” Doherty said.