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The U.S. EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management held a public information session on Wednesday to collect feedback on its draft Environmental Justice Action Plan, focusing specifically on how to consider EJ as it develops parameters for new waste and recycling grants funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The EPA is in the midst of finalizing new grant programs for recycling infrastructure and recycling education, as well as a battery collection and labeling effort. The agency will host more feedback sessions on the EJ action plan in coming weeks and will accept written comments through Aug. 1.
Public comments are one of the most important ways to center EJ in the agency’s actions, said Nena Shaw, the EPA’s acting director of the resource conservation and sustainability division. “If we don’t provide programs that meet your needs, we are not doing our jobs,” she said.