Just as public awareness grows over the dangers of lead in the environment, the federal government is planning to cut nearly a third of the budget of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At a rally of federal employees at Independence Mall in Philly yesterday, an EPA union leader said the government seems to have a vendetta against the EPA.
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About the series
Toxic City is an investigative series about the ongoing struggle to protect Philadelphia’s children, many poor and minority, from environmental harm.
The series is supported by a grant from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. An additional grant comes from the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism.