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This white paper describes briefly the remarkable journey of community-based environmental justice advocates over the last 15 years and their impact on environmental regulation. It will also describe some of the empirical evidence of disparities and the regulatory dynamics that make these inequities an intractable problem, despite the collective efforts of grassroots leaders, environmental justice organizations, public interest law firms, and governmental officials. The paper then focuses on one important set of issues that must be tackled in order to achieve environmental justice: those involving injustice in risk regulation. We strive in this white paper, as allies in this collective undertaking, to analyze and discuss some of the troubling regulatory processes and methodologies that bedevil attempts to reduce risk and eliminate disparities. We close with seven recommendations for agencies.

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Center for Progressive Reform White Paper 505






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