Charles Lee (activist)

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Charles Lee is an American environmental justice activist and the senior policy advisor in the Office of Environmental Justice at the Environmental Protection Agency.[1] Previously, he served as the director of the Office of Environmental Justice,[2] and before that, he was the director of the Environmental Justice Program at the United Church of Christ for 15 years.[3]

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"[1] 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."[3] It had a much more rapid impact than Lee had anticipated: within six years, all of its recommendations had been implemented.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Environmental justice leader Charles Lee honored by the State of South Carolina". Moving Forward Network. 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  2. ^ "Here's the history of environmental justice, summed up in less than 4 minutes". Grist. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  3. ^ a b c 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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