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Apr 27, 2023

Biden Pledges To Fight For Environmental Justice

In 2019, Joe Biden promised Americans he would end the use of fossil fuels nationally. “I guarantee we’re going to end fossil fuels,” Biden told an environmental activist while campaigning in New Hampshire.


Apr 24, 2023

NJDEP Adopts Environmental Justice Regulations

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP” or the “Department”) adopted its long discussed Environmental Justice Rules (“EJ Rules”) on April 17, 2023. The Department has touted these rules as the first of their kind in any state.


Apr 05, 2023

Rhode Island proposes Environmental Justice Act

The state of Rhode Island has proposed a bill that would create “environmental justice focus areas” where state agencies would have more discretion in permitting a variety of industrial land uses that tend to pollute, including several that are part of the recycling process.


Mar 01, 2023

Environmental Justice Board to assist on flood resiliency

State Department of Environmental Quality staff in charge of developing an online tool to help decision-makers address flooding in their communities took steps to include historically underrepresented and underserved voices in the planning processes, and a state advisory board...


Jan 02, 2023

EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Tool

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJScreen in order to better fulfill the Agency’s obligations relating to the protection of public health and the environment.


Nov 29, 2021

Environmental Justice and the Era of “Woke” Permitting

There is no question the policy considerations underlying Environmental Justice (EJ) are valid. As a society, we need to recognize that some communities are more at risk than others and devise means to mitigate these risks or at least not consciously add to them if possible.