The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced funding to address the issue of environmental justice in communities across the country --- including Bridgeport, Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.
The EPA is investing $1 million in ten cities to address environmental burdens placed on low income and minority communities. One of the goals of the program is to encourage disenfranchised groups to have a voice in protecting public health and the environment.
The city of Bridgeport will receive $100,000 to improve indoor air quality, increase “green” jobs as well as recycling rates. It will also fund programs to reduce asthma. Besides Bridgeport, Staten Island, New York, Jacksonville, Florida and Washington DC are among the ten communities chosen for the program.
For WNPR I’m Nancy Cohen.