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House and Senate Democrats proposed legislation this week that would establish a more robust environmental justice office and a new section focused on tackling environmental crimes within the Department of Justice.
The Biden administration defines “environmental justice” as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development of environmental laws, regulations and policies.”
The Justice Department already has an Office of Environmental Justice that seeks to “protect overburdened and underserved communities from the harm caused by environmental crimes.” However, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-Calif., said her bill is needed to give the Justice Department the full range of tools it needs to hold companies accountable to “low-income communities and communities of color burdened by pollution.”
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