The Environmental Protection Agency’s mission and statutory duty is to protect human health and the environment. The U.S. Constitution and federal anti-discrimination laws obligate the EPA to carry out this mission equitably. Thus, in 1973, the EPA promulgated Title VI regulations to ensure that minority communities are not subjected to discrimination based on race, color, or national origin under any environmental program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance. But throughout its nearly 50 year history, the Agency has struggled unsuccessfully to enforce Title VI.
Dayna Bowen Matthew looks at ways the EPA can streamline its Title VI case management to better address its mission and save time, money, and improve human health and the evironment.
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