New EPA Plan Promises To Serve Low-Income Communities

In an effort to expand environmental justice to communities of color, the U.S. EPA recently unveiled a four-year plan to tackle lead poisoning, air pollution, and other problems.375_250-topofficialregular

The EJ 2020 Action Agenda is the EPA’s strategic plan for advancing environmental justice from 2016 to 2020. It functions as an important step in fulfilling the agency’s mission by focusing its attention “on the environmental and public health issues and challenges confronting the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations.”

The agency will be focusing on “actual levels of lead in children’s blood and developing stricter rules, such as potentially tightening the lead copper rule on drinking water, and then measuring its success at a five-year benchmark to help determine whether the new regulations are successful.

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