Making Environmental Justice a priority...again
The Obama administration finally got around to convening the
. This group, established in 1994, had not met for almost a decade. A Federal Advisory Committee, this group was a very important forum for EJ activists and others to gain the attention of federal decision makers. I remember attending one meeting of the IWGEJ where residents from
facing their community and the adjacent chemical plants. The EPA and other federal agencies were forced to respond and are continuing to address EJ concerns in Mossville. This forum was also supposed to hold EPA and all agencies accountable to their mandate to develop policies and strategies for incorporating EJ analysis into agency decision-making. Hopefully this meeting will show some real leadership to follow-through on the EPA's own
. Implementing this step alone could have a significant and lasting positive impact on urban health inequities in communities across the country.