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Outdated Superfund Policies Hurt Poor Residents, Groups Say (1)

June 30, 2020, 5:47 PMUpdated: July 1, 2020, 2:12 PM

The EPA’s methods for investigating contaminated sites are outdated and don’t incorporate the concerns of disadvantaged communities, a report from Earthjustice and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law says.

About 77,000 people are living in public housing within a mile of a Superfund site, according to the advocates’ report released Tuesday. Residents of federally assisted housing near Superfund sites, including communities in East Chicago, Ind., and Carteret, N.J., are potentially exposed to toxic amounts of chemicals.

“With the economic downturn, more people are expected to need housing assistance. They should not have to risk their health to get it,” the...

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