Submitted by: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Posted: Oct 23, 2003 – 12:00 AM EST
Oct. 23 /CSRwire/ -
The report follows hearings on environmental justice held by the Commission in January and February 2002. Experts presented evidence of environmental inequities in communities of color, including disproportionate incidences of environmentally related disease, lead paint in homes, hazardous waste sites, toxic playgrounds, and schools located near Superfund sites and facilities that release toxic chemicals.
The report will be distributed to members of Congress and President Bush.
"We hope that the evidence presented in the report leads Congress to clarify and strengthen legislation protecting the rights of all communities to participate in environmental decision-making," stated Commission Chairperson Mary Frances Berry. "Environmental justice must become a core component of the mission of each federal agency, and means for evaluating existing programs must be developed," Berry added.
The full text of the report is available online at www.usccr.gov.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Members include Chairperson Mary Frances Berry, Vice Chairperson Cruz Reynoso and Commissioners Jennifer C. Braceras, Christopher Edley Jr., Peter N. Kirsanow, Elsie M. Meeks, Russell G. Redenbaugh, and Abigail Thernstrom. Les Jin is Staff Director. Commission meetings are open to the media and general public.
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