The Justice Department launched a probe into whether the city of Houston's response to illegal dumping discriminated against Black and Latino communities.
The investigation is led by the Justice Department's civil rights division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.
According to Reuters, the probe will examine if Houston’s solid waste management operations, policies, and practices lead to discriminatory dumping in Black and Latino Communities.
On the other hand, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner described the probe as “absurd, baseless, and without merit”. He offer the city’s full cooperation with the Justice Department, confident that there was no discrimination.
The investigation is part of a Biden administration effort to prioritize environmental justice as it adopts new policies. The Justice Department announced the launch of a new office to help low-income areas and communities of color push back the disproportionate impact of air and water pollution.
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