New EPA Office for Low-income Areas and Communities of Color

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will create a new national office of environmental justice to address pollution and climate change in low-income areas and communities of color.

EPA administrator, Michael Regan, announced the creation of the office with environmental justice and civil rights leaders in North Carolina.

“With the launch of a new national program office, we are embedding environmental justice and civil rights into the DNA of EPA and ensuring that people who’ve struggled to have their concerns addressed see action to solve the problems they’ve been facing for generations.”

The new office will combine three smaller offices of environmental justice, civil rights, and conflict prevention and resolution.

Additionally, they will oversee the implementation and delivery of a $3 billion climate and environmental justice block grant program created by the Inflation Reduction Act.