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EPA Union Asks Agency to Stop Houston Lab’s Planned Closure (1)

March 21, 2022, 4:36 PMUpdated: March 21, 2022, 6:21 PM

The EPA’s biggest union has formally asked agency head Michael Regan to stop a Trump-era plan to close a lab in Houston and move it to Ada, Okla.

The plans are “a step backwards” in the Environmental Protection Agency’s pledge to serve environmental justice communities on the Gulf Coast, wrote Everett Kelley, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees.

An EPA spokesman said the relocation “will not alter the lab’s service capabilities,” and that the agency “will be fully able to meet our commitment to serving communities in the Gulf Coast area.”

Justin Chen, ...