Saturday, June 25, 2022

Appalachian Voices: Biden Administration Announces Programs Included In The Justice40 Initiative From 4 Agencies To Help Disadvantaged Communities

On June 24, the Biden Administration announced the first list of federal programs that are part of its
Justice40 initiative, representing more than 200 programs and billions of dollars in federal spending. 

The initiative seeks to ensure that at least 40% of the benefits of certain federal programs go to disadvantaged communities.

The programs announced this week are administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

These are the first agencies to announce their Justice40 programs — additional agencies are expected to announce their programs in the coming weeks.

Among the programs identified are the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program, AML Economic Revitalization program, Orphan Well Program, the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Rural Utility Services programs, and the EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Reducing Lead in Drinking Water, Superfund and Brownfields, Land and Water Conservation, Wildlife Conservation  programs — all of which are important efforts utilized in Appalachian communities that are dealing with impacts of the fossil fuel industry and its decline.

“We are encouraged by the Biden Administration’s announcement today. The programs identified as part of the Justice40 initiative provide crucial services in Appalachian communities," said Tom Cormons, Executive Director for Appalachian Voices. "Ensuring that more of the benefits of these programs reach the most disadvantaged areas will be transformational for people living with high energy burdens, fossil fuel pollution and associated health impacts. We look forward to supporting the implementation of this initiative to ensure maximum benefit to environmental justice communities across the country.”

In total, hundreds of federal programs representing billions of dollars in annual investments are being reimagined and transformed to maximize benefits to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, overburdened and underserved through the Justice40 Initiative. 

For more information, visit the White House Justice40 website.

Resource Links:

-- Dept. of the Interior - Justice40

-- Environmental Protection Agency - Justice40

-- Dept. of Agriculture - Justice40

[Posted: June 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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