Environmental justice hearing
The U.S. SenateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health holds a hearing today into the EPAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s oversight of environmental justice programs, according to Sen. Hillary Clinton.
In a statement, Clinton said that recent reports from the Government Accountability Office and the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency had raised Ã¢â‚¬Å“serious concerns about the EPAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current commitment to environmental justice.Ã¢â‚¬?
She noted that a study, <a href=Ã¢â‚¬Å“http://www.ucc.org/assets/pdfs/toxic20.pdfÃ¢â‚¬? target=Ã¢â‚¬?_blankÃ¢â‚¬?>Ã¢â‚¬Å“Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty,Ã¢â‚¬?</a> issued earlier this year by the United Church of Christ, found that five million out of the nine million Americans living in communities with one or more hazardous waste facilities were people of color.
Clinton chairs the <a href=Ã¢â‚¬Å“http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Subcommittees.Subcommittee&Subcommittee_id=103b2505-610f-4f02-9004-7917c159b4aaÃ¢â‚¬? target=Ã¢â‚¬?_blankÃ¢â‚¬?>committee,</a> which includes Democrats Max Baucus, Montana; Frank Launteberg, New Jersey; and Benjamin Cardin, Maryland; and Republicans Larry Craig, Idaho; David Vitter, Louisiana; and Christopher Bond, Missouri.