U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said today that she plans to use her agency’s focus on climate change as an opportunity to bring the environmental justice effort to the forefront.
McCarthy spoke this morning, via webcast, at a conference of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The panel is tasked with providing recommendations to EPA on how to best help low-income and minority communities that are disproportionately burdened with environmental risks.
Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson had declared environmental justice a priority, tasking officials with creating a plan that integrates environmental justice considerations into every agency action. But today, McCarthy brought that vision further, pledging to “build it as a core structure of all the work we do.”