EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management Publishes New Environmental Justice Action Plan

The EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management published a sweeping environmental justice action plan. The plan includes a diverse array of new measures and studies by the EPA to assess how the agency can better serve communities and increase the agency’s commitment to environmental justice through the Justice40 initiative.

Regulatory Background

  • The EPA’s Office of Land and Environmental Management (OLEM) handles the policy and guidance for EPA hazard response and waste programs. These include developing brownfield and hazardous waste policies, responses to hazardous waste sites under the Superfund Program (CERCLA), as well as several other programs.
  • In early 2021, President Biden issued two Executive Orders (EOs 13985 and 14008) which provided new grounds for federal agencies to work towards environmental justice concerns.

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