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“Wheeler’s Environmental Justice Pledge Leaves Activists Cold”

“Environmental justice leaders say they are perplexed by EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s commitments to low-income communities of color — one of the main themes of a speech he gave in California.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Wheeler laid out his views in a Thursday speech about the agency’s future, arguing the nation’s environmental policies have been a problem for frontline communities for decades, stretching back before the Trump administration. He said past policies haven’t done a thorough enough job of cleaning up such communities, and have pounded them economically.

But Anthony Rogers-Wright, policy coordinator at the Climate Justice Alliance, said Wheeler’s comments are “not just hypocrisy, it’s Orwellian lip service,” given the EPA’s track record under President Donald Trump.”

Stephen Lee reports for Bloomberg Environment September 4, 2020.