EPA announced March 21, 2010, that it will accept comments on draft implementation plans for incorporating environmental justice considerations into the agency’s work. The draft plans detail steps EPA will take to address disproportionate environmental burdens on poor and minority communities. Among other matters, the drafts call for (i) providing more resources to affected communities to monitor pollution, (ii) conducting additional research into the health impacts of pollution and possible solutions, (iii) engaging with other federal agencies to address environmental justice, and (iv) stepping up environmental enforcement in vulnerable communities. They would implement aspects of EPA’s Plan EJ 2014, which establishes what the agency calls a “master plan” for addressing inequitable environmental impacts on poor and minority groups. EPA requests comments on the draft implementation plans no later than April 29, 2011.
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