‘Cancer has decimated our community.’ EPA’s Regan vows to help hard-hit areas, but residents have doubts.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Nearly a year after President Biden vowed to make environmental justice a centerpiece of his climate policy, [Michael] Regan traveled to an area where African Americans experience some of the worst pollution in the nation and suffer from cancer rates well above the U.S. average. He touted a just-enacted infrastructure package that provides $300 billion for projects targeting pollution, including up to $15 billion to replace lead pipes that poison drinking water, as evidence of the new administration’s focus on disadvantaged communities.

But many who have spent years fighting pollution and an epidemic of cancer remain skeptical that projects promised in Washington will actually reach the places where they live.

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