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EPA Spending $1.2 Million on 'Environmental Justice'

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By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 01:14 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $1.2 million on "environmental justice" by awarding 10 grants to nonprofit organizations and religious groups, The Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday.

"EPA defines 'environmental justice' as 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," according to the statement on the grant announcement.

"Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies."

The EPA emphasized it would give special consideration to grant proposals from rural areas.

"The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $1,200,000," according to the EPA, with plans to award 10 projects in different regions worth $120,000 each.

Projects funded by the taxpayer also are planned to go to underserved communities, which the EPA defines as a "community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, and indigenous populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks and has a local environmental and/or public health issue that is identified in the applicant's proposal."

This comes as the Trump administration's proposal to close the EPA's office of environmental justice appears to have been shelved, the Guardian reported.

Mustafa Ali, who helped create the Office of Environmental Justice and worked there for 24 years, told the Guardian he left after hearing of proposed EPA budget cuts.

"I left the EPA because of the proposals to roll back legislation that will have direct impacts on local communities," he said. "Ten months in, they have yet to move forward any action to help communities be healthier . . . Unfortunately, so far, I've been proved right in my decision to leave. I wanted them to prove me wrong."

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