Bloomberg Law
Jan. 27, 2021, 6:02 PMUpdated: Jan. 27, 2021, 8:53 PM

Biden Bolsters DOJ Focus on Environmental Justice, Climate (3)

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

The Justice Department must consider establishing an environmental justice office under a sweeping executive order President Joe Biden issued Wednesday.

The order aims to carry out Biden’s pledge to take a “whole of government” approach to addressing climate change and the disparate effects of pollution on disadvantaged communities—calling on agencies across the executive branch to devote resources to the cause.

It directs the Justice Department to consider adding an office “to coordinate environmental justice activities among Department of Justice components and United States Attorneys’ Offices nationwide.” It also directs the department to consider changing the name of its existing Environment ...

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