EPA plans to emphasize environmental justice in rule-making

07/26/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced an interim plan to specially consider the welfare of poor and minority communities when drafting regulations. But industry groups are concerned that the EPA's approach might hamper economic activity amid high rates of unemployment. "We don't deny that there could very well be legitimate concerns in some affected communities, but we question whether the way that EPA has proposed to address them is justified, let alone legal," said Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association.

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