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Name of Article:
Activists Outline Possible Suit Over EPA Hurricane Cleanup Efforts 
Title of Book/Journal:
Inside EPA 
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March 24, 2006     
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According to the article, a coalition of environmental, civil rights, and religious groups may sue EPA “to force EPA to clean up toxic contamination resulting from last year’s Gulf Coast hurricanes, as the Agency appears to be making no new commitments to address the activists’ concerns.” The group sent a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson on March 15, 2006 urging EPA to “immediately clean up the toxic chemical contamination left in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.” The letter coincided with Administrator Johnson’s visit to New Orleans on March 17, 2006, when he spoke at the National Wildlife Federation’s (“NWF”) annual meeting and announced that a key component of EPA’s hurricane restoration plan was to “¿rebuild and rejuvenate our Nation’s wetlands.’” However, according to some who attended the meeting, Administrator Johnson “did not address EPA’s potential statutory cleanup mandates.” The letter noted that the Clean Water Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or Superfund) require EPA to eliminate human health risks related to exposure to petroleum and toxic chemicals. In addition, the letter asserted that sampling demonstrated that sediment contamination due to lead, arsenic, and petroleum products were at levels that greatly exceeded EPA’s target levels. Therefore, the letter tried to persuade EPA to take action. While litigation remains an option, the article asserted that the group does not necessarily want to pursue it. Article taken from EJ in the News.

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