DC Attorney General Karl Racine One Year Update!
by Chris Weiss, DC Environmental Network
On June 8th at NOON, join the DC Environmental Network, and other environmental organizations and activists, for our monthly networking opportunity.
Our briefing and discussion will feature, Karl A. Racine, the District’s first elected Attorney General. This event will be held at the NEW offices of Friends of the Earth & Green Cross International, 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor.
Just under one year ago the DC Environmental Network invited the District’s first elected Attorney General, Karl Racine, to come to our monthly meeting, to discuss how the Office of Attorney General can do more to protect District residents, and our continuously threatened natural resources.
It was a very positive and constructive meeting with about 42 DCEN participants, including representatives from Earthjustice, University of the District of Columbia, Sierra Club (DC Chapter), DC Public Service Commission, DOEE, Groundswell, Office of the People’s Counsel, IMG Rebel, Global Green USA, Friends of the Earth, Green Cross International, Potomac Riverkeeper Network, Restore McMillan, Pathways DC, and others.
DCEN came prepared to propose a number of recommendations, including, following in the footsteps of California and New York, creating an Environmental Protection Bureau within the AG’s offices. During the presentation, Attorney General Racine stated, “Does the AG have the ability to set up a DC Environmental Protection Bureau? …I think the answer is, in the absence of a statutory bar, why not?” Attorney General Racine also suggested, “I think what we might do is…develop a working group, with the environmental activists, were we can identify certain priorities…”
All in all, it was a great start to an important conversation.
The purpose of the June 8th DCEN networking event is to continue this discussion, and, now that the AG’s office has had a year to get organized, work to create better structures and a stronger focus, within the AG’s office, towards protecting and defending the sustainability interests of the District.
Hope you can join us. All are welcome.