JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was in Mississippi this weekend on a fact finding mission.
E.P.A. Administrator Lisa P. Jackson traveled to the capital city from Greenville Saturday where she met with elected officials and delta residents.
The tour is designed to highlight the impact of environmental issues on under served communities.
Her visit kicks off the Congressional Black Caucus Environmental Justice Tour.
Saturday afternoon Jackson held a town hall meeting at Jackson State University's E-Center.
She heard problems ranging from poor water and air quality and flooding, to theories of contaminated water being linked the increased diseases.
"The run off from our lands from agriculture, our developed lands is causing changes in our eco-system, everything from alligator weeds, which I learned about this morning to real problems that are gonna translate into unhealthy water for citizens of Mississippi," said Jackson.
"We met with Mayor (Harvey) Johnson here with the city. We met with some flood control people, NAACP here in the community and now the town hall is an opportunity to hear even more from the people," said U. S. Representative Bennie Thompson, whose congressional district Jackson toured.
The next tour's stop is New Orleans.
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