NSF Grant Research

Cumulative Impacts and Environmental Justice at the EPA

As a recipient of a Science and Technology Studies grant from the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with environmental justice groups Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) and Community In-Power and Development Association (CIDA), EDGI is researching how the environmental justice (EJ) movement in the United States has affected data- and science-related values, methods, and practices at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the last four decades, particularly its approaches to cumulative exposure. Through interviews and analysis of the published record, archives, and documents obtained through FOIA, EDGI is investigating internal considerations as well as external pressures that drove EPA’s neglect, rejection, or incorporation of EJ community knowledge and concerns.