EPA Releases Annual Environmental Justice Report

On Monday (1/11), EPA released its Annual Environmental Justice Report for FY2020. According to the Agency’s press release, this report highlights the Agency’s progress in advancing environmental justice for minority, low-income, tribal, and indigenous communities across the U.S.

Environmental justice is likely to be a major issue for the Biden-Harris Administration’s nominee for EPA Administrator, Michael Regan. In his past work as head of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, he pursued cleanups of industrial toxins and helped the low-income and minority communities hit hardest by pollution. Some of his biggest accomplishments included negotiating settlements for cleanup of the Cape Fear River from contamination by per- and polyfluoroaklyl substances (PFAS) and for cleanup of coal ash sites.