Charles Lee (activist)
Charles Lee is an American environmental justice activist and the senior policy advisor in the Office of Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, he served as the director of the Office of Environmental Justice, and before that, he was the director of the Environmental Justice Program at the United Church of Christ for 15 years.
In 1987, the United Church of Christ released a report entitled Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States, of which Lee was the principal author. The report has been described as "groundbreaking" and as "the first report to use rigorous analysis and methods to show how pollution and environmental hazards were disproportionately affecting minority and low-income communities." It had a much more rapid impact than Lee had anticipated: within six years, all of its recommendations had been implemented.
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- Morrison, Dianne See (2009-11-01). "Rallying Point: Charles Lee's Long-Standing Career in Environmental Justice". American Journal of Public Health. 99 (Suppl 3): S508–S510. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.178590. ISSN 0090-0036. PMC 2774201. PMID 19890149.
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