"Green groups are cheering a proposed rule released by U.S. EPA this week that they hope will close a dangerous hazardous waste recycling loophole created in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration.
But environmental justice advocates are especially excited about the proposal because of the "unprecedented" level of attention it gives to understanding the health impacts the 2008 rule was having on low income and minority communities. EJ experts say the proposal has set a new standard for how environmental justice issues can be factored into the rulemaking process.
Along with the proposed rule released this week, EPA also released a draft 355-page environmental justice impact analysis that studied the potential disproportionate effects of the hazardous waste recycling rule."
John McArdle reports for Greenwire July 7, 2011.