Word came earlier this month about the president’s planned budget and workforce cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. One the proposed cuts that’s most fraught with danger is to the EPA’s environmental justice programs.
These programs are designed to help ensure that America’s most vulnerable people have a voice when it comes to necessary environmental and associated health protections. These programs are also designed to ensure that poor and marginalized communities don’t become dumping grounds for waste, and that they don’t end up on the wrong side of decisions like the ones that led to the Flint water contamination crisis.
Cuts to this program should be alarming to all Americans, especially ones living in communities in need. It’s these communities, places where Americans feel left behind, that the EPA’s environmental justice programs are most sorely needed.
It’s a slap in the face to these communities, many of which helped to elect the president in 2016, when Scott Pruitt’s EPA turns its back on them.
This is not normal.
It’s Thursday the 16th of March, 2017.