Environmental Justice and the New Administration
The issue of environmental justice has become one of the focal points in the Biden administration’s environmental policy. With the administration’s “all of government” approach, environmental justice now has to be considered as part of all major federal agency decision making. Several draft pieces of legislature, including the CLEAN Future Act, have significant provisions related to environmental justice and may significantly impact or delay the permitting process. Additionally, a number of states have ramped up their efforts to add environmental justice considerations into their state-level permitting rules. This presentation will review the fast moving developments at the federal and state level and discuss their potential implications to industry, summarize what the administration has done already, and discuss what companies can do to be prepared to address environmental justice considerations.