EPA Launches New Office Dedicated to Environmental Justice

Michael Regan, the EPA administrator and the first black man to lead the agency, announced on Saturday the establishment of the office with environmental justice and civil rights leaders in Warren County, North Carolina, according to a statement from the department.

“From day one, President Biden and the EPA have been committed to advancing environmental justice and civil rights and to ensuring that underserved and overburdened communities are at the forefront of our work,” Regan said, according to the agency’s statement. “With the launch of a new National Program Office, we are embedding environmental justice and civil rights into EPA’s DNA and ensuring that people who have fought to have their concerns heard see actions to solve the problems they have faced for generations.

The new national office will combine three smaller, mid-level offices of Environmental Justice, Civil Rights, and Conflict Prevention and Resolution into one high-level office with a Senate-confirmed Deputy Administrator who reports directly to the National Administrator. agency, according to the agency’s statement. Biden is expected to select a candidate for this position at a later date.

The new office will oversee the implementation and delivery of a $3 billion block grant program for climate and environmental justice created by the Curbing Inflation Act, and oversee implementation by the EPA from other funding programs under the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, according to the agency.

The office is expected to have 200 people in Washington and the EPA’s 10 regional offices, according to the agency.


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