The Justice Department has announced that it will create a new office focused on environmental justice. “Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution and climate change,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a press conference. 

The announcement said the new office would be titled the Office of Environmental Justice. The office will be led by Cynthia Ferguson, a Justice Department lawyer who has worked on cases related to environmental justice for more than a decade, according to a statement.

Historically, many polluting projects have been located in minority neighborhoods, exposing these communities to additional health risks.  In addition to the new office, the department also announced that it would use a new environmental justice “strategy.” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said that the department’s environmental justice strategy would involve prioritizing enforcement of environmental laws and civil rights statutes.

To read the full story, visit https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/3478649-doj-announces-new-office-focused-on-environmental-justice/.
Author: Rachel Frazin, The Hill
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