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“People have already died”: In Houston, residents demand relief from chronic pollution during EPA chief's visit

During a Friday visit, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said his agency is “prepared to act” to force accelerated cleanups in historically polluted Houston neighborhoods.

Donald Compton, Alton Perkins, Brenda Compton and Chris Compton outside of the Compton family home in Fifth Ward on Nov. 18,…
Community organizer Sandra Edwards wipes away tears as she recounts family, friends and neighbors with cancer during a round…
EPA Administrator Michael Regan listens to resident Doris Brown on Carol Thomas’s porch during a tour of Fifth Ward on Nov. …
Bertha Wilson at the house where she and her nine siblings were raised in Fifth Ward on Nov. 18, 2021.

Legacy of pollution in communities of color

Brenda Compton in the backyard of her family home in Fifth Ward on Nov. 18, 2021.

“Junk science” 

Kellie Pryor holds a sign outside of Greater Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church during a tour of Fifth Ward on Nov. 19, 20…
National and city officials walk during a tour of Fifth Ward on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.

What will EPA do?

EPA Administrator Michael Regan listens to a roundtable discussion at Texas Southern University on Nov. 18, 2021.

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