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Politics White House official discusses environmental justice efforts

02:54  30 july  2021
02:54  30 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Chair Mallory today met with the House Environmental Justice Caucus co-chairs—Representatives Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), Donald McEachin (VA-04), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Nanette Barragan (CA-44)—to discuss opportunities to advance environmental justice , including through the Biden-Harris CEQ was created in 1969 by the NEPA for the purpose of coordinating efforts to improve, preserve, and protect America’s public health and environment . Chair Mallory has been sworn in as the 12th Chair of the White House CEQ. She is the first African American to serve as CEQ Chair, a

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A top White House official on Thursday described the steps the Biden administration is taking to address the effects of climate change on disadvantaged communities.

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Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House Council on Environment Quality, said at The Hill's "Energy Efficiency and Climate Justice" event that the administration's Justice 40 Initiative is aimed at ensuring the fight against climate change is a process that benefits under-resourced communities.

"It's a reflection of a commitment to make sure that the federal investments in clean energy and climate change related programs and activities result in 40 percent of the overall benefits going to low income and communities of color," she told The Hill's Steve Clemons.

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The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500. DOD, DOJ, and DHS are similarly pursuing efforts to ensure domestic terrorists are not employed within our military or law enforcement ranks and improve screening and vetting processes. Training and resources will be developed for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners as well as sensitive private sector partners to enable them to enhance their own employee screening programs and prevent individuals who pose domestic terrorism threats from being placed in positions of trust.

EPA has issued final Guidance on Considering Environmental Justice During the Development of a Regulatory Action. This guidance was created to ensure understanding and foster consistency with efforts across EPA’s programs and regions to consider environmental justice and make a visible difference in It helps EPA staff determine whether actions raise possible environmental justice concerns and encourages public participation in the rulemaking process. The Guide is part of EPA’s efforts to advance environmental justice and to protect the health and safety of the historically

Biden detailed the initiative's first steps earlier this month, outlining 21 programs designed to benefit low-income communities. Among the programs are the Department of Homeland Security Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, the Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, the Department of Housing and Urban Development Lead Hazard Reduction and Healthy Homes Grant and the Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program.

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White House aides—who had long resisted mandatory regulations as a way to address climate change—knew the gist of what Johnson's finding would be, Burnett said. They also knew that once they opened the attachment, it would become a public record, making it controversial and difficult to rescind. Conflicting political powers in successive administrations: The White House maintains direct control over the EPA, and its enforcement actions are subject to the political agenda of who is in power. Republicans and Democrats differ in their approaches to environmental justice .

"Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races [colors, and national origins] contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial [color or national origin] discrimination." However, a Title VI civil rights complaint may raise environmental justice issues when challenging a recipient's activity. For instance, if a state agency receives funds from EPA to run a clean air program, that state recipient is legally prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin under Title VI when engaging in clean air

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, led by Mallory, coordinates with the president to support the federal government's efforts to protect the environment and improve public health. Mallory was confirmed by the Senate in April in a 53-45 vote. She is the first Black leader of the council.

Much of the Biden administration's environmental goals are playing out in Congress now, with many progressives upset that the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal announced Wednesday appears to be light on many climate provisions.

For example, a Biden proposal included installing 500,000 electric charging stations by 2030 and setting up tax incentives for owning electric cars, but the bipartisan plan includes just $15 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure, compared to the initial proposal of $174 billion.

Climate advocates are hoping to include more funding in a $3.5 trillion Democratic-only reconciliation package that's expected to move through Congress this fall.

Pursuing environmental justice, Mallory said on Thursday, might require rebuilding old infrastructure that was initially constructed to section off communities of color and deprive them of access to resources.

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