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Federal agencies continue to roll out plans to address environmental justice issues that are the focus of the Biden administration’s agenda. Now that the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) has taken effect, federal agencies have access to more funding to address issues of environmental justice. As explained in a previous blog post, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release his “Equity Action Plan” in April 2022, and on September 30, 2022, the EPA’s Office of Land Emergency Management (OLEM) announced his EJ action plan. The plan is intended to advance the goals outlined in EPA’s Equity Action Plan, specifically addressing the issue of land cleanup in overburdened communities supported by OLEM’s programs. intended to be addressed. The EJ Action Plan will use federal funds, including funds allocated by the IRA, to meet the EPA’s Land Conservation and Cleanup Program benchmark goals, resulting in 36 potential projects, new agency tools, and grant programs. Funding. Each of the 36 listed projects will be tracked and analyzed and OLEM will publish status updates on a regular basis. Among its list of goals, the EJ Action Plan intends to establish criteria for evaluating a project’s impact on environmental justice in order to receive grants funded by the IRA.
How is the EJ Action Plan tied to the IRA?
The IRA has allocated more than $20 billion to develop programs, conduct research, and provide grants to achieve environmental justice. OLEM will use funds allocated by the IRA to finance the Equity Grant contained in the EJ Action Plan. In addition to the funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed in 2021, OLEM will also have access to IRA funds to help fund underfunded Superfund sites and others across the country that are impacting overburdened communities. site cleanup and clear the backlog.
Creating standards for the grant program established by the IRA is a major hurdle that institutions must overcome before extending grants. As the agency continues to develop and implement action plans focused on environmental justice, track IRA funds used to advance environmental justice and how these grant programs are designed, implemented and monitored. Progress reporting will be essential to assess whether
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