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White House Aims to Elevate Environmental Justice in Decisions

Oct. 28, 2021, 9:16 PM

The White House is working with agencies to adjust the cost-benefit analyses that feed into federal decisions, ensuring they consider the health and environmental benefits in disadvantaged communities.

The Council on Environmental Quality is speaking with agencies to “make sure they get that benefit methodology right,” Cecilia Martinez, senior director for environmental justice at the CEQ, said Thursday at a briefing convened by Duke University.

The effort comes as President Joe Biden’s administration works to implement its Justice40 initiative. The plan calls for agencies to funnel 40% of the benefits of clean energy and certain other funding to disadvantaged communities. ...

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