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    U.S. unveils environmental justice unit

    WARRENTON, N.C. — Forty years after a predominantly Black community in Warren County, N.C., rallied against hosting a hazardous waste landfill, President Joe Biden’s top environment official visited Saturday what is considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement to unveil a national office that will distribute $3 billion in block grants to underserved communities burdened by pollution.

    Joined by civil-rights leaders and participants from the 1982 protests, Michael Regan, the first Black administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced he is dedicating a new senior level of leadership to the environmental justice movement those protests ignited.

    The Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights — comprising more than 200 current staff members in 10 U.S. regions — will merge three existing EPA programs to oversee environmental justice…

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