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EPA Spending $1.6 Million on Hotel for ‘Environmental Justice’ Conference
Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 27 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 06/28/2014 12:21:48 AM PDT by PoloSec

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will spend more than $1 million on hotel accommodations for an “Environmental Justice” conference this fall.

The agency posted its intention to contract with the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel for its upcoming public meeting, for which it will need to book 195 rooms for 24 days.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) intends to award a fixed-price Purchase Order … to the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel,” the solicitation said. “The purpose of this acquisition is to cover the cost of 195 sleeping room nights from Sept. 9 [to] Oct 2, 2014, at government rate for the 50th public meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee of the EPA.”

Rooms at the Renaissance Arlington run for roughly $349 a night. At 24 nights, the cost of 195 rooms will reach $1,633,320, or $8,376 per room.

The government per diem rate for lodging is $219 for September. If the EPA receives the per diem rate, the cost will come to $1,024,920 for the duration of their stay.

The NEJAC was established in 1993 to “obtain independent, consensus advice and recommendations from a broad spectrum of stakeholders involved in environmental justice.”

The council meets twice a year, bringing together members from community organizations, businesses, academic institutions, and state and local governments for “discussions about integrating environmental justice into EPA priorities and initiatives.”

The EPA defines “Environmental Justice” as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

The council will give recommendations to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The group’s latest recommendation outlined “critical elements for conducting public participation and identified core values and guiding principles for the practice of public participation.”

The panel advised the EPA to “meet people where they are” when engaging in the community, and identified “language and cultural differences,” “lack of cultural competency,” and “lack of trust” among the community as barriers to Environmental Justice.

Past meetings included presentations on “blocks to sustainability and environmental justice,” health disparities, climate change, and grant writing.

Other presentations were entitled, “Effective use of Large Scale use of Large Scale Campus and Community Projects to Engage Environmental Justice while Promoting the Green Economy,” and “Developing Sustainable Partnerships to Create Sustainable Communities.”

The EPA also awards small grants as part of the Environmental Justice program, which included a project surveying old decaying septic systems in Puerto Rico, and taught teens in Brooklyn how to compost last year.

The program has awarded over $23 million in grants since 1994.


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1 posted on 06/28/2014 12:21:48 AM PDT by PoloSec
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>> “Environmental Justice”

What else is there to say?


2 posted on 06/28/2014 12:34:30 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: PoloSec

They need to invite Hillary Clinton for a speaking engagement.


3 posted on 06/28/2014 12:39:45 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: PoloSec
The NEJAC was established in 1993 to “obtain independent, consensus advice and recommendations from a broad spectrum of stakeholders involved in environmental justice.”

“The purpose of this acquisition is to cover the cost of 195 sleeping room nights from Sept. 9 [to] Oct 2, 2014…Rooms at the Renaissance Arlington run for roughly $349 a night. At 24 nights, the cost of 195 rooms will reach $1,633,320, or $8,376 per room.

The only people involved in Environmental Justice are those interested in making a buck off of legal extortion of business.

As a tax payer I am incensed that the government is paying for socialist activist and people whose only interest in coming to this conference is to make it more difficult for industry to do business.

So not only are my hard earned dollars paying for these saboteurs of capitalism to live for free for nearly a month, I am paying for them to solicit/lobby the EPA to be more invasive and abusive of industry.

If the EPA wants to have a ‘Conference” like this why don’t they have it in Toledo or Cleveland where they can do it a lot cheaper?

4 posted on 06/28/2014 12:52:03 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: PoloSec

All this “justice” crap needs to go away. Social justice, economic justice, etc.


5 posted on 06/28/2014 1:02:53 AM PDT by Octar
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To: Gene Eric

The first step to environmental justice is the arrest and prosecution of ‘environmentalists’.


6 posted on 06/28/2014 1:07:49 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: PoloSec
$1,633,320

Fortunately, it only takes one tree to print all that loot.


7 posted on 06/28/2014 1:15:09 AM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: Gene Eric; PoloSec

Are Altocumulus Castelanus cloud formations going to demand equal time in the skies?


8 posted on 06/28/2014 1:32:08 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: PoloSec

I want some environmental justice too. This country is up to its neck in $hit due to agencies like the EPA, IRS, DHS, HHS, and all the other Obama alphabet gestapo tyrannical government bureaucracies. Time to flush the toilet.


9 posted on 06/28/2014 2:42:02 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: Gene Eric

So are they going to get Gaia to sign a complaint?


10 posted on 06/28/2014 2:59:35 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: PoloSec
...The EPA defines “Environmental Justice” as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income...

So the weather treats people differently based on their skin pigmentation, family tree, and bank account.

11 posted on 06/28/2014 3:58:31 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: PoloSec; All

EPA, Environment Justice…$OCIALI$T CON$TUCT$.

BIG GOVERNMENT I$ CRONY $OCIALI$M

Socialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat

Socialists spending money faster than a speeding bullet...

http://www.usdebtclock.org

…and harassing and enslaving us, our children, our grandchildren.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

A-Z multitudes…here…

http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/

Make that money
Watch it burn...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg&feature=kp

…before you ever see your hard-earned dollars.


12 posted on 06/28/2014 4:20:25 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Pontiac
If the EPA wants to have a ‘Conference” like this why don’t they have it in Toledo or Cleveland where they can do it a lot cheaper?

I vote for they all sign up for a free one month trial of some video conferencing software, as to not tear them away from their home turf, and all those unrepresented peasants who are suffering from Environmental Injustice.

13 posted on 06/28/2014 4:32:10 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: PoloSec

Progressive social activism.

And we pay for it in more ways than one.

I sure would like a crack at the EPA budget.


14 posted on 06/28/2014 4:42:20 AM PDT by JT Hatter (Who is Barack Obama? And What is He Really Up To?)
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To: PoloSec

Evironmental Justice = Marxism


15 posted on 06/28/2014 5:05:15 AM PDT by bray (Palin/Putin 2016)
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To: bray

List the names of every EPA bow wow that attends.
Fire them.


16 posted on 06/28/2014 5:20:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Gene Eric

They won’t be happy until we look like N Korea.


17 posted on 06/28/2014 5:33:30 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Excellence

Just another example of public “servants” or government “workers” living it up on your dime. Everyone attending or organizing this Conference of Fools should be fired.


18 posted on 06/28/2014 6:43:46 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Excellence

And who approved the budget for 24 day conference in the House?

Never ever heard of a 24 day work conference.

Why can’t they do video conferencing?


19 posted on 06/28/2014 6:46:36 AM PDT by Engedi
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To: PoloSec

Blatant theft of taxpayer funds.

Independence Day, eh?


20 posted on 06/28/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Engedi
Never ever heard of a 24 day work conference.

This is the government. Conference a little, then party until midnight. Doze off through meetings the next day because of your handover. Repeat until checkout time.

21 posted on 06/28/2014 7:39:16 AM PDT by ken in texas
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To: Engedi
handover -> hangover

I hate it when I do that.

22 posted on 06/28/2014 8:12:08 AM PDT by ken in texas
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