Biden Administration rolls out new climate, economic, and environmental justice tools

The Biden Administration recently released two tools to help identify areas of focus for environmental justice (EJ). On February 18, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released the beta version of its Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST), which helps agencies identify disadvantaged communities in order to direct federal benefits, as well as measure the percentage of benefits that are being directed to those communities.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also recently released EJSCREEN 2.0. The update includes new environmental justice indices, such as an underground storage tank indicator and an unemployment indicator, as well as updated environmental and demographic data down to the block group level (i.e., about every 1200 persons).

Read a comparison of the tools in the National Law Review.

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