Nov. 9th, 2005

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EPA FORMS NEW ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PANEL TO ADDRESS GULF CLEANUP
7 November 2005
Superfund Report
Vol. 19, No. 23
Copyright (c) 2005 Inside Washington Publishers. All Rights Reserved. Also available in print and online as part of www.InsideEPA.com.

EPA is forming a new environmental justice panel to address widespread concerns that the needs of poor and minority communities are not being considered in the response to and rebuilding of hurricane-damaged areas.

The new advisory committee -- which EPA is forming under the auspices of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) -- will examine the environmental justice issues raised in the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast and recommend new federal policies on the issue, agency advisers and other sources say.

As EPA forms the new panel, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, is considering recommendations from environmental justice activists that will also address the issue in an upcoming guidebook it is developing for communities facing natural disasters. Read more... )

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