The EPA, or the Environmental Protection Agency, listened to the recommendations of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council in a meeting Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland.
Representatives from NEJAC came from all over the country to express their environmental concerns. Doctor Wilson with the NEJAC said the exposure to multiple chemicals in the air was a top priority in the Maryland area. He noted the EPA needs to regulate these chemicals better. Wilson also recommends to stop the building of Rockwool, a manufacturing plant to bebuilt in West Virginia because it would be near schools and it could have toxic effects on people, especially the children.
The chairman of NEJAC, Richard Moore, thought the meeting was successful. He added, “There is the work of this council, but also the work of the environmental justice movement, is extremely important because of the impacts where we live, where we play, where we pray, where we work and where we go to school.”
Currently, the EPA has thirty days to review the recommendations of the NEJAC and come up with possible solutions to the concerns of US residents from here on out until 2020.