Members of a new state commission charged with ensuring poor and minority communities aren't overburdened by pollution say they're eager to get started. The Illinois Environmental Justice Commission is meeting today for the first time. The governor signed a bill establishing the panel two years ago, but only recently appointed enough people to the 20-member commission so it could meet. The commission will be chaired by Chicago environmental activist Kimberly Wasserman Nieto. She helped fight to close the city's last two coal-burning power plants. She says the goal is to ensure all communities have a voice and state agencies help prevent disproportionate environmental and health impacts. The commission will advise the governor, legislators and state agencies about policies, laws and other measures that could help protect communities.
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