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John Kerry: "this administration couldn't care less"about minority and low-income neighborhoods
The [EPA] is not conducting required reviews to ensure that low-income and minority neighborhoods get the same environmental protection as other communities.
The report by the EPA's inspector general, made public Tuesday, says senior EPA officials have not required regional offices and department heads to conduct environmental justice reviews despite a requirement for such reviews dating back to 1994.
A survey by the IG's office found 60 percent of the respondents - regional offices and program departments - had not conducted the reviews and 87 percent said they had not been asked to do them, according to the report.
Kerry, D-Mass., said the report shows "this administration couldn't care less" about minority and low-income neighborhoods that often are the site of industrial zones, refineries and power plants.
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