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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee recently finalized its recommendations on how to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law’s investments to best advance climate and environmental justice goals while taking into account the needs of communities.
The committee – which comprises dozens of representatives from 30 different states meant to share local-level perspectives with the EPA administrator – organized its recommendations across four categories: integrating equity and environmental justice, providing flexibility and assistance, promoting climate-resilient projects, and promoting innovation and efficiency of water resources.
A significant portion of the bipartisan infrastructure law’s $1.2 trillion is dedicated to programs under EPA’s purview. Of those, the lion’s share is earmarked for clean water projects, with other carve-outs for cleaning up Superfund and brownfield sites, decarbonizing school buses, and a pollution prevention program.