McEachin Applauds Biden Administration for Interim Guidance on Justice40 Initiative

July 20, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) commended the Biden administration for issuing interim guidance for implementing the Justice40 Initiative. The Justice40 Initiative aims to improve productive collaboration between federal agencies and state and local communities while advancing President Biden’s promise to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from federal investment in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.

“Low-income communities, communities of color, and tribal and indigenous communities are disproportionately and desperately impacted by toxic environmental pollutants and by the impacts of climate change. The Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative is a good faith effort to address these inequities through direct investment in impacted communities and by undertaking meaningful consultation to ensure measurable community impacts,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “The release of this interim guidance today and the continued efforts being made through the Justice40 Initiative represent a significant step towards mitigating the impact of long-standing environmental injustice, and in recognizing that we must develop tailored solutions to address issues facing environmental justice communities.”

Rep. McEachin has been an unwavering advocate for environmental justice communities in Congress and has introduced several important pieces of legislation to address their needs. Rep. McEachin introduced the bicameral Environmental Justice for All Act with Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to empower environmental justice communities to take actionable steps to address environmental pollutants and hazards. He also introduced the bicameral Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to eliminate pollution that has disproportionately harmed frontline communities for generations.

Read more on President Biden’s Path to Achieving Justice40 and the Interim Implementation Guidance.