Facing OIG Criticism, Biden EPA Budget Prioritizes ‘Just’ Enforcement

June 1, 2021
Facing criticism that its past declines in enforcement have harmed human health, EPA’s proposed $11.2 billion budget request for fiscal year 2022 includes plans to elevate enforcement of environmental laws, promising to “hold bad actors accountable for their violations, with a particular focus in communities with multiple pollution sources.” Further, EPA will develop and implement “a comprehensive plan for integrating environmental justice [EJ] and climate change considerations throughout all aspects of its enforcement and compliance work,” according to the agency’s...

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