31 Oct '17, 8pm

Environmental Justice Office Could be Shuttered by Proposed EPA Cuts

Now that Congress is in full swing after its summer recess, its members are deciding on whether to move ahead with deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency in the proposed 2018 spending bill. Lawmakers bought themselves a little more time this week with a temporary extension of the current budget, but a decision must happen soon. One of the EPA cuts would completely defund the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). The EPA established this office in 1992 to address racial and income disparities in environmental protections. Scrapping funding for the environmental justice program is entirely inadequate given the complex environmental justice challenges facing communities across the country. OEJ has distributed $24 million in grants to 1,400 communities, providing valuable seed money for infrastructure, cleanup and revitalization efforts that change lives across the ...

Full article: https://earthjustice.org/blog/2017-september/environmenta...

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