2013 US Human Rights Builders Award Winner: Mossville Environmental Action Now

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Mossville Environmental Action Now, Inc. (M.E.A.N.) works to end the on-going human rights violations in the town of Mossville, a historic African American community located in southwest Louisiana and founded in the 1790’s.  The continuous dumping of fourteen industrial facilities have plagued the Mossville community, causing sickness and death amongst residents. This devastating abuse of the community has been executed without consequence. M.E.A.N. has battled against Governmental agencies, such as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in its efforts to stop the abuse and seek remedy for these injustices. M.E.A.N. partnered with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (AEHR) to file a Human Rights Petition in Washington D.C., an environmental human rights legal challenge against the U.S. Government. This document marked a huge accomplishment for M.E.A.N. It is the first document of it’s kind to be accepted in the United States.