It has long been recognized that minority and disadvantaged communities are subject to higher levels of pollution than more affluent non-minority areas. This fact is the basis of the need for Environmental Justice to ensure that the past disparate impacts to these areas are addressed and not further exacerbated.
With Executive Order 14008, the Biden administration adopted measures to further Environmental Justice nationwide. This included updating the Clinton era Executive Order 12988 (February 11, 1994), enhancing the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council, creating a White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and directing federal agencies to undertake specific EJ initiatives.
Read more at: JDSUPRA posted on May 11, 2021