Agencies are told to consider environmental justice in policy decisions

 To listen to the Federal Newscast on your phone or mobile device, subscribe in PodcastOne or Apple Podcasts. The best listening experience on desktop can be found using Chrome, Firefox or Safari. The Office of Personnel Management will reassume full control over the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. OPM transferred the administrativeContinue Reading

New online tool helps better serve environmental justice

by David Malmquist, VIMS |  July 19, 2021 The Elizabeth River Project (ERP) has teamed with researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and William & Mary to build an online mapping tool that can help the non-profit and other community partners better incorporate environmental justice issues into planningContinue Reading

MEPA Office Issues Revised Protocols on Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives: What Real Estate Professionals Should Know, Part 4 | Holland & Knight LLP

After reviewing and responding to initial public comments, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has issued its revised draft Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Interim Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency (the Interim Protocol), as well as a revised MEPA Public Involvement Protocol for EnvironmentalContinue Reading

Coalition of Environmental Justice and National Groups Celebrates Equity Advances, Calls on Biden & Congress to Further Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Washington, D.C. — The Biden-Harris administration has put an unprecedented focus on environmental justice by directing all federal agencies to improve justice and strive to end environmental racism, by initiating Justice40 to invest in disadvantaged communities and by establishing the first White House environmental justice panel to advise the administrationContinue Reading

EPA Announces $200k Under the American Rescue Plan to Fund Environmental Justice Initiatives in Hartford, Conn. | U.S. EPA News Releases

News Releases from Region 01 07/14/2021 BOSTON — On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will provide $50 million dollars for Environmental Justice (EJ) initiatives through funds allocated to EPA under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The City of Hartford’s Department of Health andContinue Reading

EPA Announces Plans To Strengthen Environmental Justice Efforts Regarding Waste And Superfund | Vinson & Elkins LLP

For the second time in as many weeks, the acting head of the EPA’s enforcement office has issued a memorandum (the “Memorandum”) outlining additional actions to advance the EPA’s environmental justice (“EJ”) goals. The Memorandum, dated July 1, 2021, focuses on cleanup obligations of hazardous substances. We previously covered the acting head’sContinue Reading

Maine joins debate over how to define environmental justice

Maine’s government has about eight months to come up with a definition of environmental justice that will guide new legislation in the state. That task comes on the direction of a law passed in the Maine Legislature last month. With that law, Maine joins a growing group of states enactingContinue Reading

Factoring Environmental Justice Into Investment Plans to Control Costs, Time and Potential Liability | Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

“Environmental Justice” is an effort intended to address the disproportionate adverse impacts of pollution on disadvantaged communities, primarily comprised of minorities and lower-income people. The movement is gaining media attention, but companies may not fully understand its impact on their ability to operate existing or develop new businesses. Governments, environmentalContinue Reading