"EPA Charged With Reverse Discrimination"
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a civil rights investigation in 2022 into whether the State of Louisiana disproportionately burdened Black communities along "Cancer Alley" with toxic industries. However, the inquiry was abruptly closed when the Louisiana attorney general filed a suit charging reverse discrimination. Monique Harden of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice discusses the role of industry in the lawsuit and the potential progress toward environmental justice that was halted. The article delves into the history of industrial plants in Black communities along the lower Mississippi River, the ongoing challenges faced by these communities, and the political dynamics surrounding the EPA's investigation and its closure.