The Environmental Protection Agency is “failing” in its environmental justice obligations while struggling to help poor communities of color facing pollution, particularly coal ash, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found in its latest report.
The report said the EPA, known for administrative delay in processing complaints, seems unable to help overly-burdened communities suffering from pollution. The commission also said the EPA drags its feet when faced with environmental justice concerns until forced to do so.
The EPA has been hamstrung for a long time and has been failing for a long time. They are political entities that do the best they can which, unfortunately, isn’t enough. Corporations, businesses, and local governments see them as constraints and not as stewards and protectors and that’s mostly their own fault.