As Regan Begins EJ Tour, Officials See Local Limits On EPA’s Powers

November 15, 2021
As EPA Administrator Michael Regan begins a days-long tour to highlight environmental justice (EJ) concerns, agency officials are acknowledging some of the limits of their power to address local land use disputes, gentrification and other issues linked to pollution, cleanups and redevelopment in communities living near Superfund sites. Matthew Tejada, director of EPA’s Environmental Justice office, acknowledged during a Nov. 9 National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call the agency’s long-time difficulty with the gentrification that can occur after a cleanup...

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