The Environmental Protection Agency is about to spend millions looking at how pollution and a crap environment leads to poverty and the general decline of quality of life in the U.S., The New York Times' Green blog reports. It's all part of the agency's commitment to better address environmental injustice. You've probably noticed that factories, power plants, and superfund sites tend to cluster in communities already burdened with social stresses; it's a vicious cycle where being poor means your environment is terrible, and poverty plus the terrible environment makes you more sick, which in turn can keep you poor. Thanks, …
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