Environmental Rights Continue To Be Vindicated In Pennsylvania
- · “[T]he Environmental Rights Amendment places an affirmative duty on the Commonwealth to ‘prevent and remedy the degradation, diminution, or depletion of our public natural resources’—i.e., to conserve and maintain . . . .”
- · “If anything, when environmental concerns of development are juxtaposed with economic benefits of development, the Environmental Rights Amendment is a thumb on the scale, giving greater weight to the environmental concerns in the decision-making process.” (Pennsylvania Envtl. Def. Found. v. Com., 108 A.3d 140 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2015).
The people of Pennsylvania have taken a stand that their healthy lives and healthy environment can and should be honored at the highest levels of the law. The people of Pennsylvania, through this recent election, have made clear the public’s understanding that in order to ensure a healthy economy and healthy business you also need a healthy environment.