Biden Administration ends Earth Week with Executive Order aiming to strengthen Environmental Justice
WASHINGTON — Today, in its latest effort to fight environmental injustice, the Biden Administration issued a new Executive Order, Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All.
The Order aims to strengthen protections that will help eliminate gaps in access to clean water and air, ensuring it for all regardless of race, background, income, ability, Tribal affiliation, or zip code.
“Today’s EO is another good step in federal action to address the persistent and pervasive problems of disproportionate environmental harm to Black communities, and other communities of color in our country.“ Chandra Taylor-Sawyer, leader of SELC’s Environmental Justice Initiative said. “These actions, along with on-going federal funding that reaches these most vulnerable communities, as well as decisive legislative action that prohibits harmful permitting, and sustainable corporate action combined get us to the finish line of a livable climate and environmental justice.
Of note, the Order makes clear that federal agencies should be considering all disproportionate and adverse effects, creates a new Office of Environmental Justice within the White House Council on Environmental Quality to better coordinate interagency coordination, and requires federal facilities that release toxic substances to hold public meetings to share information to reduce health risks and take necessary precautions.
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