EPA Promises Environmental Justice In Gulf Restoration

New Orleans, La. – E-P-A Administrator Lisa Jackson met in New Orleans with groups concerned about having a role in Gulf restoration. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, for instance, says toxic waste coming from the BP spill should not be sent only to landfills in low-income areas. Jackson says those concerns will be addressed.

"The community wants to be sure that part of this recovery (which) and restoration, which the president is now calling for in this executive order, includes issues of justice to make sure that all communities share in the benefits and not all - not only certain communities have to deal with issues like waste."

The task force will hold its first meeting next month in Florida. The president wants a report within a year.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.