EPA director: Some coast communities 'have been left behind'

EPA director: Some coast communities 'have been left behind'
A panel discussion about the resiliency of the Gulf of Mexico included a call to spend more disaster relief funds on “human beings” than are currently allocated for frogs, trees and snakes. (Photo source: WLOX)
A panel discussion about the resiliency of the Gulf of Mexico included a call to spend more disaster relief funds on “human beings” than are currently allocated for frogs, trees and snakes. (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency spoke in Gulfport this morning as the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee convened its meeting.

"We are here because there are communities that have been left behind," EPA Director Gina McCarthy told the group.

A panel discussion about the resiliency of the Gulf of Mexico included a call to spend more disaster relief funds on "human beings" than are currently allocated for frogs, trees and snakes. Bishop James Black made that plea.

A spokesperson for area fishermen said they are still hurting from Hurricane Katrina followed by the oil spill. Thao Vu said fishermen have a vast environmental knowledge and should be engaged in meaningful ways as the restoration continues.

McCarthy also addressed the drinking water crisis in Flint, MI.

"What happened was really a national disgrace that should have never taken place," said McCarthy.

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