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EPA to get more aggressive on civil rights reviews after decades of inaction

+ Kudos to the Center for Public Integrity’s Yue Qui and Talia Buford for spurring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a more aggressive approach to civil rights reviews after their reporting on the agency’s decades of inaction.

+ The rise of family offices, which handle the personal finances of hedge fund managers such as Bill Ackman from within their own firms, is raising concerns since they are more lightly regulated than hedge funds and could bring up conflicts since investments might overlap or collide.

+ Former CIA director Leon Panetta may have crossed ethical lines by revealing details about the classified mission to hunt Osama Bin Laden to the filmmakers behind “Zero Dark Thirty. Among the tidbits in this Vice News story: Top spooks were treated to dinners and hotel stays by screenwriter Mark Boal.

+ Calls to replace Mary Jo White as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are growing louder and more aggressive. Mobile billboards (the “Dump (Mary Jo) Truck”) are crisscrossing Washington DC this week and more than 115,000 activists have signed a petition and called the White House asking President Obama to replace White, who has many Wall Street connections and has had to recuse herself several times from decision impacting former clients such as JPMorgan.



Why the EPA is doing nothing about environmental racism

+ The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing much to take on environmental racism – its office responsible for handling alleged civil rights abuses is “chronically unresponsive to complaints and has never made a formal finding of discrimination,” reports the Center for Public Integrity.

+ Black kids were 2.5 times more likely to be held in custody before their trials than white children and nearly three times more likely to be sent to state facilities for violating conditions of parole, according to a new Justice Department report.

+ A former executive with consulting firm Louis Berger, Satyakam Mohanty, was arrested today on charges of bribing officials in India to win lucrative contracts for work on water development projects in the states of Goa and Guwahati.

+ Citigroup is being investigated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over its student-loan servicing practices, reports Bloomberg News.