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HILL ENERGY BRIEFING: Biden Environmental Justice Tool Unveiled

Nov. 23, 2022, 11:05 AM

The White House Tuesday released a mapping tool to help agencies steer billions in federal funding to long-ignored communities burdened with pollution and climate change.

The Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool will be key to President Joe Biden’s Justice40 effort, which aims to funnel 40% of the benefits of climate, clean energy, affordable housing, and other investments to disadvantaged communities.

The tool—which will be updated in the years ahead—currently lists more than 27,000 US communities as disadvantaged or partially disadvantaged, based on factors such as income, significant pollution exposures, climate risks from flooding and wildfires, lack of indoor plumbing, ...