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    Advancing Environmental Justice – Forty Years Later

    Administrator Michael Regan creating the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights

    Forty years ago, in the summer of 1982, residents of Warren County, North Carolina became determined to fight back against the state’s decision to allow toxic dumping of contaminated soil at a nearby landfill in their predominantly Black community. Dozens were arrested in a protest that would ignite a national movement focused on the intersection of race, class, and environmentalism. It would become widely known as the birthplace of the environmental justice movement.

    This past weekend, forty years later, EPA Administrator Michael Regan hosted an event in Warren County, North Carolina and announced the creation of a new national office dedicated to the advancement of environmental justice across the…

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    NRDC combines the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.


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