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Court Orders Environmental Protection Agency to Finalize Rules so Polluters Pay for Their Own Toxic Messes
“The single greatest determinant of where certain kinds of toxic sources are located, like hazardous waste facilities, is race, and yet [the EPA has] never once made a finding of discrimination, and they very rarely use any of the other tools at their disposal to push states or localities or private actors to change their behavior,” says Earthjustice attorney Marianne Engelman Lado.
"[EPA regulators] are always on the defensive so that they are sort of paralyzed into inaction," Earthjustice attorney Marianne Engelman Lado told Truthout. "Which candidate is going to step up to the plate and say that, in addition to environmental laws, we have to have fairness in the distribution of toxic sources, and we will no longer allow this lawlessness of dumping on communities of color?"
The city "is the one that fundamentally allows that facility to exist where it exists," said Angela Johnson Meszaros, a staff attorney with the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice.