Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

Environment

What  Hank believes:

  • We cannot achieve or maintain a high standard of living if our environment is severely degraded or damaged.
  • The window of opportunity to secure our natural environment against existential threats produced by human activity is rapidly closing.
  • Humans are in large part responsible for climate change, a potentially devastating threat to our security and health that must immediately be addressed.
  • Clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, and efforts must begin now to secure safe, clean drinking water for all Americans, today and in the future.
  • We must immediately work to reduce U.S. dependence upon and consumption of oil, a scarce resource that is approaching its "peak," or the moment after which production will continually fall.
  • If it continues to proceed so recklessly without international cooperation and coordination, unregulated human economic activity will destroy our planet's delicately-balanced ecological equilibrium

What Hank has done:

  • Awarded 100% for his environmental voting record in 2018.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 2696, Executive Office of Environmental Justice Act of 2017, which establishes an Office of Environmental Justice in the White House to address impacts of climate change on minority and low-income populations.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 2695, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Act, which establishes a small grants program for educational programs, research initiatives, and engagement with frontline communities.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 1664, the Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which requires an increase in federal taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and kerosene after 2017. The revenue from these taxes would contribute to the improvement of highways, bridges, and mass transit systems.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 558, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battle Field Park Boundary Adjustment Act, which expands the park to include 8 new acres of land, currently known as Wallis House and Harriston Hill.
  • Original cosponsor of H.R. 494, the Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act, to increase the maximum monument size to 205 acres.
  • Cosponsored H.R.5264, the Clean Water Partnership Act, To direct the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, provide grants to States to facilitate the acquisition of land, water, and interests therein, made to substantially improve, preserve, or maintain water quality for an area in perpetuity, and for other purposes.

What Hank will do:

  • Never compromise my commitment to the defense of non-renewable resources, healthy ecosystems, wildlife, clean air and water, and pristine national parks.
  • Make energy independence a central cause of my service.
  • Demand stringent environmental regulation of industry by the EPA, no matter who is the president.
  • Continue to introduce legislation that aims to reduce our overall negative environmental impact, in broad strokes and bit by bit.

More on Environment

August 15, 2019 In The News

Significantly high cancer rates reported in 30014 ZIP Code

COVINGTON—Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today sent letters to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state Environmental Protection Division (EPD) demanding answers as to why his constituents in Covington were not informed about a dangerous chemical being released into the community’s air.

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August 14, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Questions Why Residents Weren’t Told of Carcinogenic Chemical in the Community; What Steps Are Being Taken for Remediation

Reps. McBath, Scott also sign letter to agencies concerning Cobb Co. plant

August 6, 2019 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

 

I’m hosting a series of town halls throughout the Fourth District to hear your thoughts and concerns on the issues most important to you. All events will be held from 6 to 7:30 PM. I’m holding my first town hall of the series at the Lou Walker Senior Center on Tuesday, August 13th. On Thursday, September 5th I’ll be at Snellville City Hall. On Tuesday, October 8, I’ll be at the Rockdale Career Academy and on Thursday, October 10th I’ll be at the Newton County Courthouse.

 

July 26, 2019 In The News

“I’d like to see independent air quality testing in the area around Covington that the EPD study says is impacted,” said U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat who represents Georgia’s 4th District, which includes Covington and the BD Bard Plant. “The fact that state and federal agencies have known the dangers of ethylene oxide and have not informed residents is unacceptable. Federal, state, and local officials should work together to assess the dangers these emissions pose to our communities and determine next steps to protect the health and well-being of our citizens.”

July 12, 2019 Press Release

DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), is hosting his “Moving The Fourth Forward” town hall series at four locations throughout Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District from 6 – 7:30 p.m., to hear the thoughts and opinions of his constitutes on a wide range of issues.

Who: Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04)

What: Moving The Fourth Forward Town Hall Series

When: Tuesday, August 13, Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road in Lithonia;

May 2, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. Johnson voted to pass H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, House Democrats’ legislation that would require the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord and to develop a serious
April 23, 2019 In The News

DECATUR, Ga. — On April 22, 2019, Earth Day, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) was presented with “The Environmental Scorecard Award,” in recognition of his 100% environmental voting record score in 2018.

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April 23, 2019 In The News

A Gwinnett County pig farmer, a United States congressman and more than 100 other people spent part of Earth Day in an airport-area hotel talking about environmental justice.

Discussion during the Georgia Environmental Justice Education and Awareness Symposium went from urban gardening in southern Fulton County to federal green policies. There were more people in suits than jeans, and most of the conversations dealt with high-level topics geared toward those already passionate about the environment.

April 22, 2019 Press Release

DECATUR—On April 22, 2019, Earth Day, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) was presented with “The Environmental Scorecard Award,” in recognition of his 100 percent environmental voting record score in 2018.

Rep. Johnson was presented with the award at The Georgia Environmental Justice Education and Awareness Symposium, where he also served as a guest speaker for the symposium.

March 15, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Scores 100% – No. 1 in GA Delegation – Highest Lifetime Score of 96% 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced today he earned a 100 percent from The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) on their 2018 National Environmental Scorecard, which tallies the performance of every member of Congress every year on key environmental votes.

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Recent Votes

Date Roll Call Bill Vote
9/27/2019 555 H.RES.603 Aye
9/27/2019 554 H.R.3722 Yea
9/27/2019 553 S.J.RES.54 Yea
9/26/2019 552 H.R.3525 Yea
9/26/2019 551 H.R.3525 Nay