Wednesday, May 25, 2016

EPA Releases Social Justice Agenda

EPA releases environmental justice action agenda
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the EJ 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), a strategy to advance the agency’s environmental justice efforts. Over the next five years, EJ 2020 will serve as a framework to advance environmental justice—particularly in communities where a combination of environmental, health, social and economic factors disproportionally affect the community.

According to the EPA, environmental justice is the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” Under the strategy, the EPA will work to improve results for overburdened communities, incorporate environmental justice in decision-making, build partnerships with states and co-regulators, strengthen their ability to take action on environmental justice issues, and demonstrate progress on critical national environmental justice challenges. . . 
Basically, this is a promise to bring NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) to the masses. If the poor, and racial minorities can't be bothered to protest that which the current EPA administration (or worse, may actually want the  offending activities, which bring jobs and economic activity), the EPA will be happy to find and pay activists to do it for them.

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