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Robin Schafer (pictured) and other environmentalists are celebrating passage of a new state law that could give pollution-plagued neighborhoods like Fair Haven a weapon to fight back.

It took members of the New Haven Environmental Justice Network and its parent organization, the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, five years to convince the legislature to pass the state’s first environmental justice law.

They and other environmentalists celebrated that and some other victories, while watching some other important bills die in the legislative session that ended last week.

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