Biden promises focus on environmental justice

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One of Biden’s campaign promises was to overhaul the EPA’s civil rights office, which has only once made a formal finding of discrimination since the mid-1990s.

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that disadvantaged communities in America are disproportionately affected by pollution, hundreds of complaints sent to its civil rights office since the mid-1990s have only once resulted in a formal finding of discrimination.

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