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EPA to Sharpen Focus on Environmental Justice, Official Says

Nov. 20, 2019, 5:48 PM

The EPA will develop a broad plan to address the disproportionate amount of pollution in poor and minority communities by the end of next year, a top agency official told a congressional panel Nov. 20.

Helena Wooden-Aguilar, acting deputy associate administrator for the EPA’s Office of Policy, said the agency would create a strategic plan by the end of fiscal 2020 and work to get all federal agencies in compliance with a 25-year-old executive order on environmental justice.

“We are very committed,” Wooden-Aguilar told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change.

Wooden-Aguilar said the agency would ...