Bloomberg Law
May 10, 2022, 9:30 AM

U.S. Attorneys to Step Onto Environmental Justice’s Front Lines

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

A new Justice Department directive ordering each of the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys to designate an environmental justice coordinator will bring a sharper focus to the issue, former U.S. attorneys tell Bloomberg Law.

That order is almost certain to be carried out meticulously, because U.S. attorneys “want to be well loved and superstars in their community, and they want their boss in D.C. to regard them highly,” said Ronald Tenpas, a former U.S. attorney in Illinois under President George W. Bush.

“So if you tell them, ‘Every six months you’ll be forced to report on what you did ...

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