Decades of Inaction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights is charged with ensuring that agencies receiving EPA funds not act in a discriminatory manner. Over a 17-year period ending in 2013, dozens of communities of color turned to the office for help. More than nine of every 10 times, however, it rejected or dismissed their claims of civil-rights violations. Many cases languished for years without resolution. See related story »