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February 16, 2021How Biden’s Environmental Justice Order Might Work

For decades, government officials have too often ignored front-line communities when it comes to pollution protection and public amenities. President Biden has given three top White House officials until May 27 to figure out how to fix that...Michele Roberts, a national co-coordinator for the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, said Martinez and her team should engage in early consultation with environmental justice community members themselves — not only with their professional advocates and lawyers."These folks need to be at the table early and often, not after — not being invited to come in to hear what the master plan is, but being at the table to create the master plan," she said. A formal consultation process on the Justice40 goal hasn't yet begun."The people feel for the first time in forever that they have access to the White House. They have never felt that way before," she said.

 

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