WASHINGTON, September 25 (CNNBreakingNews.net) — The USA The Environmental Protection Agency set up a new office on Saturday based on the focuses on the needs of minority communities that are overburdened by environmental pollution, and oversees the provision of $3 billion in environmental justice grants created by the recent passing of new climate legislation.
EPO Administrator Michael Regan announced the creation of the Office for Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, which is staffed by 200 EPA staff and is headed by a deputy administrator who has not yet been announced and confirmed by the Senate.
He opened the new office at an event in Warren County, North Carolina, where protests took place 40 years ago and is considered the birthplace of the movement for environmental justice.
“With the introduction of a new national program office, we are embedding environmental justice and civil rights into EPA’s DNA and ensuring that People who have struggled to address their concerns see measures to address the problems they’ve faced for generations,” Regan said in a statement.
It was the latest move by the Biden government to prioritize environmental justice in its policy making. The Department of Justice announced in May the creation of a new office to help low-income areas and communities of color address the disproportionate effects of air and water pollution.
President Joe Biden has often called protecting poor and minority communities from industrial pollution a top priority; and has pledged that 40% of federal investment in clean energy will be used for the cause.
The inflation reduction bill signed by Biden last month has a climate and environmental justice block grant in the amount of program that will oversee the new office. Overall, the legislation will trigger a $60 billion investment in environmental justice across the government.
The office will work with municipalities and provide them with technical assistance to ensure they have access to grants; Federal civil rights laws and help resolve environmental conflicts.